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CIE Tours 2017 - 11 Day British & Irish Elegance

4 Star Vacation - 10 Nights - 16 Meals
Overnights: 1 London, 1 Cardiff, 1 Waterford, 2 Dublin, 2 Edinburgh, 1 York, 2 London
From London to London
Tour Code #: GB-BIA-17-11D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,750

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Cardiff, Dublin & Edinburgh Dinner Shows: Cardiff, Dublin & Edinburgh Dinner Shows Sit down to a dinner of Welsh specialties which is then followed by a lively show with singing, storytelling and some traditional music.
  • Stonehenge: Stonehenge Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in Britain. The circle of vast monoliths date from about 3,100 B.C. and are built from bluestone, sarson and Welsh sandstone. It is aligned with the summer solstice and is believed to have been built for lunar and solar worship.
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room: Roman Baths & Pump Room Around Britain’s only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water. See extensive remains and a Roman museum of international significance as well as the 18th century Regency influence
  • House of Waterford Crystal: House of Waterford Crystal Tour this working factory to see all stages of production from craftspeople forming molten glass to the intricate cutting and polishing. At the end of the tour view magnificent trophies and the opulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.
  • Edinburgh Castle: Edinburgh Castle The rock on which today’s castle stands has been a stronghold for over 3000 years and Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings for centuries. See the 12th century St. Margaret’s Chapel, the monumental great hall of James IV, opened in 1511, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.
  • York Minster: York Minster This is the second largest Gothic cathedral of Northern Europe. Building began in about 1230 and completed in 1472. Its stained glass windows are magnificent, especially the 15th century Great East Window, which is the largest example of medieval stained glass in the world and the Rose Window.
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace: Shakespeare's Birthplace This carefully restored 16th century half-timbered house in Stratford-upon-Avon is where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years. See an exhibition on Shakespeare and his times before walking through the house, now restored to look at it would have been in his day.

Hotels:

Superior & First Class

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel: London (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel - Cardiff: Cardiff (1 night)
Granville Hotel: Waterford (1 night)
North Star Hotel: Dublin (2 nights)
Village Hotel Edinburgh: Edinburgh (2 nights)
York Marriott: York (1 night)
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel: London (2 nights)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 10 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including
    • Welcome dinner in London
    • Welsh Evening in Cardiff
    • Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
    • Scottish evening in Edinburgh
    • 2 table d'hote dinners
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of London, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Walking tours of Waterford and York
  • Round trip ferry transportation between Britain & Ireland
  • Jerpoint Park Farm sheepdog trials with tea and scones
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 4 to 18 departures
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum
  • London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit
  • Visits and admissions to Stonehenge, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Cardiff Castle, House of Waterford Crystal, Glasnevin Museum, Edinburgh Castle, York Minster and Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: London Arrival & Orientation
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Head out on a panoramic drive around central London to see many of the famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. In the evening join your tour director and your fellow travelers for a welcome drink to discuss your trip. Then enjoy dinner in your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Stonehenge & Roman Baths
This morning head out of London to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue west to explore the mineral-rich hot springs at Bath. Tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, first built by the Romans 2,000 years ago and revived during the 18th century. Dine at a Welsh evening on local specialties and appreciate fine entertainment. (B, D)

Day 3: Cardiff & Ferry to Waterford
Take a panoramic tour of Cardiff to see the principal areas and buildings in the city center and tour Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic style residence in the 19th century. Journey through the gentle, green countryside to the west coast. At Pembroke Dock embark on an afternoon ferry crossing to Rosslare and on to Waterford for your next overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 4: Sheepdogs & Dublin’s Merry Ploughboy Pub
After breakfast take a walking tour around historic Waterford, founded by the Vikings over 1,000 years ago. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to learn about glass blowing and cutting. At Jerpoint Park Farm see a deserted 12th century town, watch trained dogs herd sheep and sample scones with tea. Stop briefly in Kilkenny before heading to Dublin. Drive to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show. (B, D)

Day 5: Dublin Sightseeing & Glasnevin
Tour Dublin city to see elegant Georgian squares with brightly-painted doorways; in O’Connell Street see the General Post Office where the 1916 Rebellion started. Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. The afternoon is free so that you may use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour around the city and a visit to one attraction. The evening is free. (B)

Day 6: Scotland & Edinburgh Show
Depart Dublin early this morning and drive north to take a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Travel through gentle pasturelands to the central belt of Scotland. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, and check in to your hotel. Head to a Scottish Evening to dine on excellent Scottish cuisine, including Haggis, followed by lively Highland dancing with bagpipes and kilts. (B, D)

Day 7: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Join a local guide on a drive around central Edinburgh to see the main points of interest, including the 200-year-old “New Town” with elegant Georgian houses and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 4 to 18 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. (B)

Day 8: Scottish Borders & York
Travel through the charming Borders region with many quaint towns, manor houses and abbeys. Stop in Jedburgh for a look around and view the picturesque ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Continue south to York for a walking tour to appreciate narrow streets, especially the Shambles, where the medieval houses almost touch across the street. Tour the stately Gothic York Minster, which dates back to the 12th century and is noted for its magnificent medieval stained glass windows. (B, D)

Day 9: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & London
Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Walk through the furnished house where he was born and take a look around the town with its many black-and-white buildings. Drive through the Cotswolds to London and check into your hotel where the evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 10: Extend your Stay in London
schedule your London sightseeing when you take an open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Visit either the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana. (B)

Day 11: Tour Ends in London
Your program ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner All components of this tour (hotels, meals, visits and attractions) for 2017 are subject to change until finalized in September 2016. (Updated March 29, 2016)  >

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