Exploring Britain & Ireland

Travel to some of the world's most magnificent cities and through the magical countryside of Britain and Ireland. This comprehensive journey takes you through rolling farmland and across the Irish Sea, through England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Marvel at the mystery of Stonehenge. Experience Ireland's culinary renaissance during a cooking class at one of Dublin's premier culinary institutes. Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare at his birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscapes in the English Lake District, Ireland's Ring of Kerry and the valleys, mountains and imposing castles of North Wales. Admire the ancient Roman ruins at Hadrian's Wall and in elegant Bath. Get acquainted with Britain's pageantry in the royal cities of Edinburgh and London.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2017
Duration
14 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1LondonOvernight Flight: Discover the true cultural treasures of Britain and Ireland on a comprehensive journey through England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
Day 2LondonLondon, England - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in the regal city of London. A capital of culture and commerce, the city blends traditional with modern. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Day 3LondonLondon: Discover the pageantry of London as we join a local guide for a city tour. See Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall, Hyde Park and the Changing of the Guard* (if held) at Buckingham Palace. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city or perhaps partake in an optional excursion to Windsor Castle.
Day 4LondonLondon - Stonehenge - Bath - Cardiff: This morning's journey takes you to Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived at the location and their purpose. Continue to the elegant Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Bath Museum's 2,000-year-old elaborate spas. Enjoy some time to stroll through Bath's cobblestone streets and soak in its old-world atmosphere. Continue to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.
Day 5CardiffCardiff - Ferry to Ireland - Waterford: Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour of Cardiff. Learn about the city's deep ties to the coal industry, its connection to ancient Rome and its famous Victorian shopping arcades. Take in the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard. There, we board the ferry for Ireland, crossing the Irish Sea. Upon arrival in Rosslare, travel to charming Waterford, your home for the evening.
Day 6WaterfordWaterford - Blarney - Killarney: Begin your day with a choice of two activities. You may choose to tour the House of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitor's center and a retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Or, perhaps you will opt to enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland's oldest city and immerse yourself in its rich Viking, Norman and Cromwellian history. Later, travel to historic Blarney Castle. Make your way to the top of the castle, lie back and kiss the famous Blarney Stone where, legend has it, you will be blessed with the "gift of eloquence." This evening it's Diner's Choiceâ?¦tonight your dinner is included and you'll choose the perfect spot from a 'menu' of Killarney's great restaurants.
Day 7KillarneyKillarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney: Behold the glorious Ring of Kerry where you'll find some of Ireland's most magical scenery. Pause for a moment at the Gap of Dunloe to browse for traditional Irish handcrafted goods. As we continue our journey, marvel at the vistas created by windswept cliffs, rugged mountains, lakes and picturesque villages. Upon returning to Killarney you will be treated to a time-honored Irish jaunting car ride.**
Day 8KillarneyKillarney - Rock of Cashel - Dublin: Today you'll have the opportunity to share stories with a local family when you visit their working farm. Later, we venture through the 'Golden Vale' en route to the awe-inspiring Rock of Cashel. Be amazed by its imposing facade and visit the spot where St. Patrick preached. Tonight, give traditional Irish cuisine a modern twist during a cooking class and dinner at one of Dublin's premier culinary institutions. Top off the evening by making your very own Irish coffee!
Day 9DublinDublin: Discover Dublin's past and present on a locally guided tour highlighting the Bank of Ireland, O'Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Later, experience for yourself the welcoming nature of the Irish as you set out to explore the 'Fair City' on your own.
Day 10DublinDublin - Ferry Crossing - Wales - Cheshire: Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. As you traverse northern Wales, pass Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the town with the longest name in the world. Make a stop at majestic Caernarfon Castle, where Charles was crowned Prince of Wales. Then, continue through the Welsh countryside and discover some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Britain.
Day 11CheshireCheshire - Lake District - Gretna Green, Scotland - Edinburgh: Travel north into England's scenic Lake District. Here you'll feel the inspirational appeal of the region's quintessential English villages, Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland's majestic capital city.
Day 12EdinburghEdinburgh: Today it's your choice! You may choose to get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic city tour by coach. Or, for a different perspective, perhaps you'll opt to join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Either tour includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse***, the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city independently.
Day 13EdinburghEdinburgh - York, England: En route to England, visit Hadrian's Wall. Construction of this ancient structure began in A.D. 122 and since that time, it has served as the northern border of the Roman Empire. Continue to the historic city of York. Find yourself surrounded by the charms of history as you explore its quaint narrow streets. Walk on the famous 'Shambles' and see the magnificent 13th-century Minster.
Day 14YorkYork - Coventry - Stratford-upon-Avon: Journey to Coventry and visit its famous modern cathedral, completely rebuilt after being destroyed in World War II. Next, venture to charming Stratford-upon-Avon. Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare's birthplace. Afterward, you may choose one of the following: tour Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife; or, perhaps you'd prefer a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. This evening we gather to say farewell to this captivating region over dinner.
Day 15Stratford-upon-AvonStratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends: Depart today with many fond memories of lovely Britain and Ireland.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
July 22, 2017$3,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
August 26, 2017$3,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
September 02, 2017$3,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
September 09, 2017$3,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
September 18, 2017$3,849.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
September 23, 2017$3,749.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
October 07, 2017$3,649.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
October 14, 2017$3,549.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
November 04, 2017$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
March 17, 2018$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
March 24, 2018$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
April 14, 2018$3,749.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
April 21, 2018$3,749.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Granville Hotel Waterford, Ireland
Tower Hotel Waterford Waterford, Ireland
Brehon Hotel Killarney, Ireland
Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin, Ireland
Academy Plaza Hotel Dublin 1, Ireland
Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa Killarney, Ireland
Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Hotel 53 York, United Kingdom
Chesford Grange Hotel Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton London, United Kingdom
Apex Grassmarket Hotel Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa Chester, United Kingdom
Grange City Hotel London, United Kingdom
Radisson Blu Cardiff Cardiff , United Kingdom
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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