Arrive In Shannon, Ireland - Limerick.
Cead mile failte! A hundred-thousand welcomes! After checking into your hotel, free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel's leisure amenities or explore the city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
Limerick. Cliffs Of Moher & Galway Excursion.
Your holiday starts in earnest with a drive to the breathtaking CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 204 metres (668 feet) above the Atlantic Ocean, to savour the magnificent panorama of the Clare coast. Then, visit Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. And finally, a special treat: try your hand at scone making at RATHBAUN FARM, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven. A suggestion for a unique night out: an optional medieval banquet at Knappogue Castle. (B)
Limerick - Adare - Ring Of Kerry - Killarney.
A day full of splendid scenery. Head south and stop at quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages. At Killorglin, join the famous RING OF KERRY
for a 161-kilometres (100-mile) panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Overnight is in the popular resort of Killarney. (B/D)
Killarney - Blarney - Dublin.
On the way to Dublin, stop in Blarney
, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone, and at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached in the 5th century. Later, why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter? (B)
The morning's orientation drive in the "Fair City" includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde's Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)
Dublin - Armagh, Northern Ireland - Giant's Causeway - Belfast.
On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the Boyne River, then stop in Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. Travel on to experience awe-inspiring GIANT'S CAUSEWAY with its new visitor centre. Then, in Belfast, an orientation drive introduces you to City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and the Parliament House at Stormont. (B/D)
Belfast - Edinburgh, Scotland.
First thing this morning, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXHIBITION and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Next, board your FERRY and cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland's southwest coast, and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh
. Tonight, enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the "Old Town," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers 0805 through 0823, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO
, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (B)
Edinburgh - Alnwick, England - York.
This morning at ALNWICK CASTLE the choice is yours: visit the CASTLE itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, or explore ALNWICK GARDEN, where the fountains and waterfalls are a breathtaking feature. In York
, England's most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B/D)
York - Stratford-upon-Avon - Bristol.
Head for Stratford-upon-Avon
to take your photographs of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, then visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE and take some time to wander around the historic market town. In the afternoon, drive to Bristol from where John Cabot sailed in 1497 to discover America. In the evening, join an excursion to the picture-book, 13th-century village of Castle Combe followed by DINNER at a village pub. (B/D)
Bristol - Bath - Stonehenge - London.
There is time this morning to explore the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS and walk where Romans walked 2,000 years ago. Then, try to figure out the intriguing riddle of STONEHENGE
, the most famous monument of prehistoric Europe. In London, your final destination, why not take in a Shownight Theater Evening? (B)
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays) and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, an optional dinner, followed by a relaxed nighttime cruise on the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights, would be an incredible finale to your holiday. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)