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CIE Tours 2017 - 24 Day Grand Tour Of Britain & Ireland

4 Star Vacation - 23 Nights - 42 Meals
Overnights: 2 London, 1 York, 2 Edinburgh, 1 Inverness, 2 Oban, 1 Belfast, 2 Derry, 2 Galway, 2 Killarney, 1 Waterford, 2 Dublin, 1 Conwy, 1 Cardiff, 2 St Austell, 1 Windsor
From London to London
Tour Code #: GB-GTA1-17-24D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $5,528

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • In-depth Tour with Prominent Visits: Five Capital CitiesSpectacular SceneryHistoric Castles2-Night Stays in Most LocationsOpportunities for Individual Pursuits

Hotels:

Superior First Class

Park Plaza London Waterloo: London (2 nights)
York Marriott: York (1 night)
Village Hotel Edinburgh: Edinburgh (2 nights)
Columba Hotel: Inverness (1 night)
Perle Oban Hotel: Oban (2 nights)
Europa Hotel: Belfast (1 night)
Everglades Hotel: Derry (2 nights)
Galway Bay Hotel: Galway Castlecourt Hotel Westport for July 21 Departure (2 nights)
IE-KER-CRHKillarney (2 nights)
Dooley's Hotel: Waterford (1 night)
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel - Dublin: Dublin (2 nights)
The Quay Hotel: Conwy (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel - Cardiff: Cardiff (1 night)
The Cornwall Hotel: St Austell (2 nights)
MGallery Castle Hotel: Windsor (1 night)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 23 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 18 dinners (D) including
    • Welcome dinner in London
    • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner/show
    • Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
    • 14 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff
  • London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit
  • Walking tours of York, St Andrews, Derry, Galway, Waterford, Dublin’s Trinity College, Conwy and Windsor
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 04 to 18 departures
  • Loch Ness scenic cruise
  • Oban Distillery whisky tasting and tour
  • Ferry rides to Isle of Mull, between Britain and Ireland and across River Shannon
  • Irish coffee on Inishowen Peninsula
  • “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
  • Tea & scones at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Visits and admissions to St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Duart Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Titanic Experience, House of Waterford Crystal, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Conwy Castle, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Land’s End, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle
  • 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 set out on a panoramic tour of central London with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. Meet your tour director for a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights
Today travel on an open-top bus tour. There are different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. (B)

Day 3: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & York
Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. See an exhibition about his life and walk through the house which is furnished as it would have been in his day. Journey north to the medieval city of York. (B, D)

Day 4: York Minster & Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
Take a walking tour around central York and visit York Minster, renowned for its stained glass. Cross into Scotland and pause to view ruined Melrose Abbey. In Edinburgh dine at a Scottish Evening with a lively show. (B, D)

Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” and the medieval Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland. On August 04 to 18 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 6: St Andrews & Highland Scenery
Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing. Take a walking tour around the town center and visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Stop in Pitlochry on the way to Inverness, in the Highlands. (B, D)

Day 7: Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery
Enjoy wonderful Highland views on a scenic cruise of Loch Ness. Stop at a woolen mill and take photos at majestic Glencoe. Visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample some. (B, D)

Day 8: Isle of Mull & Duart Castle
Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull. Tour many of the historic chambers of Duart Castle, home of the present Clan Chief. Drive to the colorful coastal town of Tobermory before returning to Oban. (B, D)

Day 9: Loch Lomond & Rabbie Burns
Drive south alongside scenic Loch Lomond. Stop at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Continue to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast in time for dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: Belfast & Giant’s Causeway
Tour the highlights of Belfast and travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim coast. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Pause at Dunluce Castle and head to Derry. (B, D)

Day 11: Derry & Inishowen Peninsula
Start your day with a short walk around the medieval city walls of Derry. Then drive around the Inishowen Peninsula. Enjoy great views as you follow the coastline and stop at Malin Head, the most northerly point. (B, D)

Day 12: Donegal Castle & Galway
Travel through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal town where you will tour Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain. Continue your drive south passing through Counties Sligo and Mayo to Galway. Join a local guide for a walking tour around the compact center of the city before dinner. (B, D)

Day 13: Connemara & “The Quiet Man”
Take a drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara and in Cong take a short walking tour to see movie locations from “The Quiet Man.” Return to Galway for an afternoon at leisure to explore the city. (B)

Day 14: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Drive through the Burren to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic Ocean and cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry. Stop at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel for tea with scones and head to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 15: Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs
Head to the delightful town of Kenmare and journey along part of the Ring of Kerry route. Watch trained dogs herding sheep and tour the gracious 19th century Muckross House. Lunch is included today and the evening is free. (B, L)

Day 16: Blarney Castle & Waterford
Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” and shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills. In Cobh visit the Titanic Experience which tells about the 123 Irish people who embarked on the RMS Titanic. Continue to Waterford and after dinner take a walking tour. (B, D)

Day 17: Waterford Crystal & Taylor’s Three Rock
Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies. Tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one used during the 1840s Famine. In Dublin dine at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub. (B, D)

Day 18: Dublin & Book of Kells
Tour central Dublin to see the main sights. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening are free. (B)

Day 19: Ferry to Wales & Conwy
Take a short ferry ride from Dublin to Holyhead and drive to Conwy. Tour Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I. Take a guided walk around the walled town. (B, D)

Day 20: Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons
Travel through Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales and continue south. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. Tour Cardiff, visit Cardiff Castle and dine at a fun Welsh banquet there. (B, D)

Day 21: Roman Baths & Glastonbury
This morning head east to tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for the mineral-rich hot springs. Stop in Glastonbury, associated with King Arthur and drive to Cornwall. (B, D)

Day 22: Explore Cornwell & Land’s End
Drive to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain and view the majestic rocky island of St. Michael’s Mount. Browse around the charming village of Mevagissey. (B, D)

Day 23: Stonehenge & Windsor Castle
Drive to Salisbury Plain to marvel at the vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor to visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen. After dinner take a brief walking tour around the historic town. (B, D)

Day 24: Tour Ends in Windsor
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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