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Insight Vacations Britain and Ireland Explorer (Summer 2018) (B904)

17 Days starts and ends in London Print
Tour Style: Regional Journey
Europe 2018
Visits: England, Scotland, Ireland

The leisurely pace and beauty of the Irish countryside blends with historic English towns, Welsh hospitality and the austere Scottish Highlands, for a truly memorable exploration of the British Isles.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Stratford: Appreciate the architecture of this pretty town. York: See York Minster and the medieval Shambles, within the city walls. Durham: See the castle and Romanesque cathedral. Hadrian's Wall: Stop to see part of the ancient wall. St Andrews: See the very first golf course. Pitlochry: Stop in the quaint town famous for its salmon leap. Grasmere: Visit William Wordsworth’s grave in the Lake District. Loch Ness: Drive along the shores in search of the monster. Chester: See the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows. Conwy: See the castle upon the river. Holyhead: Set sail for Dublin. Dublin: See the Custom House, Dublin Castle and the Georgian townhouses. Cashel: See the Rock of Cashel where St Patrick preached. Waterford: See Reginald’s Tower and the ruined city walls. Rosslare: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea. Cardiff: See the castle and Principality Stadium. Scenic drives: Scottish Highlands, Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, English Lake District, Tipperary, Ring of Kerry, Dungarvan, Pembrokeshire, Severn Bridge, Salibury Plain.

Authentic Dining

  • Waterford: Celebrate the culmination of your escorted journey with wine, good cheer and palate-pleasing cuisine.
  • Dublin: Join a Guinness expert for a private tour of the Guinness Storehouse, before it is opened to the public. Learn the history and traditions behind Ireland's national drink, served around the world and enjoy a tasting.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Dining Summary: 14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Dublin: Walk with your Local Expert, through the elegant squares of this fine city to see O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle.
  • Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Stratford: Venture inside the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
  • Bath: The Roman Baths have existed for over 2,000 years and are now one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world. Learn the importance of this historic site, still used as a center for bathing and socialising.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 5,000 years ago.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear tales of the famous Nessie during a private cruise.
  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Additional five Star Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • You may purchase transfers from/to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival and departure days, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Arrive London
Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.
Day: 3 London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Medieval York.
At 07:30, meet your Travel Director and journey to Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Continue on to York where you walk within the old city walls to the crooked houses of the Shambles and see York Minster, England's largest medieval cathedral. Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 4 London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Medieval York.
At 07:30, meet your Travel Director and journey to Stratford to Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Continue on to York where you walk within the old city walls to the crooked houses of the Shambles and see York Minster. Join your Travel Director for your Welcome Dinner and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 5 Durham, Hadrian's Wall and Edinburgh.
Stop in Durham to see the castle and Romanesque cathedral. Then view part of Hadrian's Wall, Britain's most impressive Roman monument once spanning 80 miles from coast-to-coast, marking the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Cross the Scottish border to reach the elegant Scottish capital, Edinburgh.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 6 Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital of Culture.
Journey down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse - official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen - before crossing over to New Town. Next, walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town and to see Scotland's Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street. In the evening, select departures will enjoy the spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo - a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres with pipes and drums.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 7 To St. Andrews and on to the Highland Capital of Inverness.
Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course as you arrive where golf was born in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore, perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed. Your travels continue as you cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Travel via Blair Atholl and past the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley. Later, continue to Inverness and your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 8 Loch Ness, Glencoe and Loch Lomond.
In the morning, take a private cruise on Loch Ness, where you will soak up the scenery, historic monuments and tales of the famous Nessie. Continue your journey through some of the most stunning scenery in all of Scotland found in the region of Glencoe. Travel along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, before crossing the English border. Pass the village of Grasmere, where the poet William Wordsworth is buried, before arriving at your lakeside hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 9 The English Lakes to Chester.
In the morning, discover the beauty of the Lake District, its fells, lakes and valleys combine to make it one of England's best loved regions. Perhaps take a lake cruise on the tranquil waters of Windermere? Later, step back into Roman times in Chester where you see the city's ancient encircling walls and remarkable 13th century black and white Rows.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 10 North Wales and over to Dublin.
Continue through Wales, passing the massive Conwy Castle before crossing over to the Isle of Anglesey. The village with the longest name in Europe will be visible - see if you are able to read it aloud! From the port of Holyhead, set sail for Dublin in Ireland.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 11 In Dublin’s Fair City.
Experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse before it opens to the public. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert. Later, become acquainted with Dublin’s elegant squares during sightseeing with a Local Expert. See famous O’Connell Street, the Custom House and Dublin Castle. For the rest of the afternoon, you are free to soak up the Irish atmosphere or browse the shops along Grafton Street.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 12 A Journey through Life from Dublin to Killarney.
Travel to Ireland's premier thoroughbred horse breeding region for a fascinating visit of the National Stud and the acclaimed 100-year-old Japanese Gardens where you can 'journey through life'. Continue to view the Rock of Cashel, crowned with the noblest group of medieval monuments in Ireland. Cross the rolling pastures that encircle Tipperary before reaching Killarney. At night, your Dine-Around Evening offers authentic and intimate dining with your friends, from a hand-picked selection of fine local restaurants.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 13 Ring of Kerry Experience.
In the morning, join a delightful trip around the Ring of Kerry, a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages. Get a sense of the unhurried pace of Irish life as you pass through Ireland's highest mountain range and make your way to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. In the afternoon, perhaps take an optional ride with the locals on one of Killarney's jaunting cars?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 14 Blarney Castle and Waterford.
Start the day visiting Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence - once kissed, never forgotten! Travel on through the scenic port of Dungarvan to the historic walled city of Waterford, with its 11th century Reginald Tower. Enjoy a guided visit of the world-famous crystal factory and to meet a master craftsman. In the evening, after miles of fun and fascinating sights, spirits will be high during your Celebration Dinner. Toast to your newfound friends - Sláinte!(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 15 Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff.
From the port of Rosslare, board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea. A pleasant drive will then take you into the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire. Continue past the valleys of southern Wales to the capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and brilliant Principality Stadium.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 16 Roman Baths, Stonehenge and London.
Cross the Severn Bridge to reach the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Georgian streets and crescents. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room built above Britain's only hot, mineral springs. See the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs below. Your journey continues across Salisbury Plain for a visit to mysterious Stonehenge - no-one can be sure why they were built, or even how prehistoric man could move such huge blocks of stone. Your exploration of Britain and Ireland draws to a close upon your return to The Grosvenor Hotel in London.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 17 Homeward Bound.
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.(Buffet Breakfast)

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