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CIE Tours 2017 - 15 Day British & Irish Grandeur

4 Star Vacation - 14 Nights - 23 Meals
Overnights: 2 London, 1 York, 2 Edinburgh, 1 Ballygally, 2 Dublin, 2 Killarney, 1 Waterford, 1 Cardiff, 2 London
From London to London
Tour Code #: GB-GRA1-17-15D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $3,446

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Scottish and Welsh Evenings with Local Foods and Music: Scottish and Welsh Evenings with Local Foods and Music Sit down to a dinner of Welsh specialties which is then followed by a lively show with singing, storytelling and some traditional music.
  • Taylor's Three Rock Pub: Taylor's Three Rock Pub Start with a 4-course dinner including an Irish coffee and the sparkling entertainment show features Noel V Ginnity’s best-loved of all Irish Cabaret acts, plus a host of the top selection of Irish entertainment.
  • Hampton Court Palace: Hampton Court Palace Discover the magnificence of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's favorite royal residence, which he re-built to accommodate his vast court. Move at your own pace through the breath-taking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms, vast Tudor kitchens and more.
  • 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.
  • Giant's Causeway: Giant's Causeway To stroll on the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway is to voyage back in time. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire visitors. In 1986 the Causeway was designated a World Heritage site and a comprehensive visitor centre tells about its geology.
  • Kiss The Blarney Stone: Kiss The Blarney Stone Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.
  • Roman Baths: Roman Baths 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
  • 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.

Hotels:

Deluxe & Superior First Class:

Park Plaza London Riverbank: London (2 nights)
York Marriott: York (1 night)
Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall: Near Edinburgh (2 nights)
Culloden Estate and Spa: Belfast (1 night)
Royal Marine Hotel: Dublin (2 nights)
Killarney Plaza Hotel: Killarney (2 nights)
Granville Hotel: Waterford (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel - Cardiff: Cardiff (1 night)
Park Plaza London Riverbank: London (2 nights)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 14 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 8 dinners (D) including
    • Welcome dinner in London
    • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    • Welsh Evening in Cardiff
    • 4 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin
  • Walking tours of Cambridge, York, Derry, Dublin’s Trinity College and Waterford
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 06 to 20 departures
  • Ferry rides between Britain & Ireland
  • Sheepdog trials
  • London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit
  • Oyster card – a pass valid on all public transportation in London
  • Visits and admissions to Hampton Court Palace, York Minster, Alnwick Castle & Garden, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Jameson Experience, House of Waterford Crystal, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room and Stonehenge
  • 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 & Tour
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Join your tour director for a welcome drink and discuss your trip before dinner. (D)

Day 2: Hampton Court Palace & Free Time in London
This morning discover the magnificence of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's favorite royal residence. Move at your own pace through the breath-taking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms, vast Tudor kitchens and more. The afternoon and evening are free so you may use your included Oyster card to explore central London by public transport. (B)

Day 3: Cambridge & York Minster Tour
Take a stroll around Cambridge to view some of the famous university colleges, including King’s College, and the Mathematical Bridge over the River Cam. Head north to York for a walking tour to appreciate narrow streets and medieval houses. The stately York Minster, with towers and stained glass, is the highlight of the walk. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 4: Alnwick Castle & Edinburgh Evening
Head north to visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England. View the lavish State Rooms with a stunning array of artifacts, an exhibit on Downton Abbey, and take a stroll through Alnwick Garden. Travel through the Northumberland National Park and on to your hotel near Edinburgh where you’ll experience a Scottish Evening with bagpipes and fun music. (B, D)

Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” with spacious streets and the compact medieval city along the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free for independent activities. On August 06 to 20 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 6: Ferry to Ireland & Titanic Belfast
This morning will be an early start as you drive to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. Tour the city highlights to see Victorian buildings, the impressive City Hall and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Pub dinner at the Cultra Inn on the grounds of Culloden Hotel. (B, D)

Day 7: Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk
Travel along the scenic coastal route of the Nine Glens of Antrim and visit the Giant's Causeway, hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle and head to Derry for a walking tour around the medieval city walls with a local guide. Drive south to your Victorian hotel located on Dublin Bay, a few miles from the city. (B)

Day 8: Dublin Tour & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
This morning tour central Dublin to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Take a guided walking tour of Trinity College’s campus and view the priceless Book of Kells. The afternoon is free and in the evening enjoy dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub followed by Irish music and dance. (B, D)

Day 9: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Travel south, pausing for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, with 12th century church ruins. Just outside Cork, visit the famous Blarney Castle and climb to the ramparts to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” You may shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made goods. Continue your drive to Killarney, famous for its exquisite location. (B, D)

Day 10: Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs
Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and savor a casual lunch. Travel along part of the awesome Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Stop at a sheep farm to see demonstrations of sheep herding and shearing before returning to Killarney where the evening is free. (B, L)

Day 11: Jameson Whiskey & Waterford Crystal
Head east to Midleton to tour the Jameson Experience, a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey. Enjoy a sample at the end of the tour. Travel to Waterford and at the House of Waterford Crystal see how glass is blown and cut by master craftspeople. In the evening take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to discover the history of this old port city. (B, D)

Day 12: South Wales & Cardiff Castle
Depart Waterford early this morning to catch the ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock. Journey through the gentle, green countryside to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Head to Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate 19th century Gothic-style residence, for a tour of the magnificent and varied chambers. In the evening head to a Welsh evening for dinner and local music and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 13: Roman Baths & Stonehenge
This morning drive east 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. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to London and check in to your hotel. The evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 14: Extend your Stay in London
Plan a day of discovery around London’s attractions on an open-top bus tour. Visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. (B) (B)

Day 15: Tour Ends in London
Your tour 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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