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CIE Tours 2017 - 14 Day British & Irish Voyager

4 Star Vacation - 13 Nights - 23 Meals
Overnights: 2 London, 1 Liverpool, 2 Edinburgh, 1 Inverness, 1 Glasgow, 2 Dublin, 2 Killarney, 1 Galway, 1 Dublin
From London to Dublin
Tour Code #: GB-VOA1-17-14D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,964

CIE Tour Highlights:

Scottish Evening

Get a flavor of Scotland with a dinner of Scottish specialties, including haggis, and a lively show with songs, stories and a display of traditional step-dancing.

St Pauls Cathedral, LondonStPauls Cathedral, London The present cathedral, built by Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, is at least the fourth to have stood on the site. It was built between 1675 and 1710 and services  began in 1697. See the breathtaking view of the Nave and the many treasures contained within the walls of the cathedral. St Andrews Walking Tour  Take a gentle walk around the central parts of St Andrews. While best known as the home of golf, this city is home to Scotland’s oldest university and has an interesting ruined cathedral.

Beatles' Tour of Liverpool Located on the waterfront in the Fab Four's hometown of Liverpool, the award-winning Beatles Story museum is anatmospheric journey into their life, times, culture and music. See how four young lads from Liverpool were propelledto the dizzy heights of worldwide fame and fortune to become the greatest band of all time.

Dingle PeninsulaDingle Peninsula The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland’s south-west coast and is dominated by the Slieve Mish Mountains and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak. The steep sea-cliffs and sandy beaches provide spectacular views. 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 Blarneyto kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.

Jaunting Car Ride Drive through part of the extensive Killarney National Park at a leisurely pace to enjoy wonderful lake and mountain views and stop for photos. All the while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel  Friendly, family-run hotel set in a quiet location in Killiney with views over Dublin Bay. The LibraryBar is the perfect venue for a quiet drink and you may dine in the award-winning PJ's Restaurant or inthe informal Dungeon Restaurant. Guest rooms are comfortable with every amenity for a comfortable stayand the hotel offers extensive leisure facilities.

Hotels: Superior First Class Hotels Park Plaza London Riverbank -  London (2 nights)
Hilton Hotel Liverpool -  Liverpool (1 night)
Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall -  Uphall, near Edinburgh (2 nights)
Columba Hotel -  Inverness (1 night)
Glasgow Marriott Hotel -  Glasgow (1 night)
Croke Park Hotel -  Dublin (2 nights)
The Brehon Hotel -  Killarney (2 nights)
Hotel Meyrick -  Galway (1 night)
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel -  Killiney, Dublin (1 night)

Tour includes:


Sightseeing by luxury coach Professional tour director 13 nights in hotels listed Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1 10 dinners (D) including - Welcome dinner in London - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh - Glyde Inn traditional Irish dinner/show  - Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish Night - 6 table d'hote dinners Welcome get-together drink Tours of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin/li> Beatles Tour of Liverpool Walking tours of St Andrews, Galway and Dalkey Loch Lomond scenic cruise Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 04 to 18 departures Ferry rides from Scotland to Ireland and across River Shannon Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney Dingle Bay cruise Rathbaun Farm sheepdog trials with tea and scones London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum Visits and admissions to St Paul’s Cathedral, Dove Cottage, Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Titanic Belfast, Kilmainham Gaol, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher and Dalkey 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 meet your guide. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Stop at St Paul’s Cathedral, with its world-famous dome, to tour the awe-inspiring interior. Join your guide to discuss your trip over a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights
Today plan your own day of discovery around London’s attractions when you take an open-top bus tour. There is a choice of routes, a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms or you may prefer to visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. Dine independently this evening. (B)

Day 3: Stratford-Upon-Avon & Beatles’ Liverpool
Drive through the Cotswolds, a delightful hilly region with mellow-hued stone houses. Take a panoramic tour around Stratford-upon-Avon to see places associated with William Shakespeare and view charming black-and-white houses dating back hundreds of years. Continue to Liverpool and a local guide will show you around places associated with the “Fab Four.” (B, D)

Day 4: Lake District & Scottish Evening
Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. In the charming village of Grasmere visit Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived and wrote. Near the Scottish border stop at the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. Enjoy a Scottish dinner and ceilidh, a fun show at your hotel near Edinburgh. (B, D)

Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. See the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. 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 and Scotland’s oldest university. Take a walking tour around the town with your guide who will tell you about the famous people and happenings here. Visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Take a break in Pitlochry and continue to Inverness, a major town in the Highlands. Check in to your hotel beside the River Ness in the town center. (B, D)

Day 7: Loch Ness & Loch Lomond Cruise
Travel south through more wonderful Highland scenery today, passing the shoreline of Loch Ness with views of this deep lake. Drive past Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, and through the towering mountains of Glen Coe, which is famous for the Massacre of Glen Coe in 1692. Take a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond, Britain's largest lake. Enjoy a brief drive around Glasgow before checking in to your hotel in time for dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Ferry to Ireland & Titanic Belfast
Make an early start this morning as you travel south through Ayrshire to Cairnryan for a short ferry journey to Ireland with your tour group and coach. In Belfast visit Titanic Belfast to learn about the famous liner. Stop for dinner and some entertainment at the Glyde Inn before arriving in Dublin. (B, D)

Day 9: Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol
This morning tour Dublin to see Georgian squares with elegant row houses, public buildings, public parks and lively shopping streets. Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the afternoon use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour around the city and a visit to one attraction. (B)

Day 10: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Travel south through farming country and stop to view the stately Rock of Cashel, which rises high above the surrounding plain. Just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also stop at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving through Macroom and into County Kerry, where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Check in to your hotel in Killarney and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 11: Dingle Peninsula & Cruise
Take a jaunting car ride to majestic Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane. Then discover the scenic Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies – “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away.” Drive to Slea Head at the western tip of the peninsula for spectacular views. Stop in the town of Dingle and embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for more great panoramic views. Return to Killarney and dine at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and watch lively music, song and dance. (B, D)

Day 12: Flying Boat Museum & Cliffs of Moher
Visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum to learn about the early days of flight when this was the landing place for Pan Am Clippers. Cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry and then view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. In Galway take a brief walking tour around the city center with a local guide. (B, D)

Day 13: Farm Visit & Fitzpatrick Castle Stay
Stop at Rathbaun Farm for tea and scones and watch trained dogs herding sheep. Drive to Dublin and check in to your elegant castle hotel, located on the south side of Dublin. Take a short ride to historic Dalkey Village, now an upmarket suburb for a gentle guided walk and visit the imposing Dalkey Castle. Enjoy a special farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)

Day 14: Depart Dublin for Home
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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