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Insight Vacations Romantic Britain and Ireland (Summer 2017) (B908)

22 Days starts and ends in London Print
Tour Style: Regional Tour
Europe & Britain 2017/18
Visits: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

A wealth of history, dramatic scenery, sacred sites, legends and traditions all come together, invoking a sense of romance on this tour.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Oxford: See the ‘dreaming spires' and colleges.
  • Lincoln: Visit one of England's finest Medieval Castles.
  • York: See York Minster, city walls and medieval “Shambles”.
  • Lake District: Visit William Wordsworth's grave in Grasmere.
  • Edinburgh: Enjoy a guided city tour down the Royal Mile past Holyroodhouse and over to the 18C ‘New Town'.
  • St Andrews: Visit the birthplace of golf.
  • Loch Ness: Drive along the shores in search of the monster.
  • Great Glen: View the Commando memorial and Ben Nevis.
  • Glasgow: Enjoy an orientation tour.
  • Belfast: See City Hall, Queen's University and Stormont Castle.
  • Galway: See the Cathedral, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Limerick: See King John's Castle and St Mary's Cathedral.
  • Adare: See the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Waterford: See Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and enjoy a guided visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory and Showrooms.
  • Cardiff: See the castle and Principality Stadium
  • Bath: View Bath Abbey and the fine Georgian architecture.
  • Glastonbury: View the Abbey.
  • Plymouth: See Plymouth Hoe, Citadel and Mayflower Steps.
  • Looe: Visit the picturesque fishing village.
  • Scenic drives: Cotswolds, Highlands, Isle of Skye, Dingle, Severn Bridge, Ring of Kerry, Dartmoor.
  • Dublin: See O'Connell Street and historic Phoenix Park.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Dublin: Before the crowds, visit the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
  • Torquay: Blend a little wine with great cuisine and good company for a rousing end of tour Celebration Dinner.
  • 17 Full Breakfasts (FB), 5 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Stratford: Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.
  • Lincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Edinburgh: For a limited time in August, witness the astounding spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
  • Culloden Moor: Stop at the famous battlefield.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of 'Nessie' during a cruise.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: It is said that those whose lips caress the Stone of Eloquence are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax.
  • Bath: Visit the Roman Baths, where offerings and curses were thrown to the Roman Goddess Sulis Minerva.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Belfast: The Europa Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre and offers elegant décor, a contemporary bistro and a relaxing piano bar.
  • Torquay: Stay at the Imperial Hotel, perched on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel, a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who wrote about it in several of her novels.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to England (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to London!
Check in to your hotel, then there is time to relax.
Day: 3 Discovering London
An included half day sightseeing tour of London's West End shows you all the major sights - Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. Your Tour Director is also on hand today for help and advice.(Full Breakfast)
Day: 4 London, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon
In the morning, drive to the famous university town of Oxford with its beautiful spires. With time at leisure, why not visit the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or just browse through the local indoor market, before continuing via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover the story of Shakespeare's early years during a visit to his birthplace. Your cosy hotel is nestled a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the River Avon. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(WD)
Day: 5 Medieval York and Lincoln’s Magna Carta
Travel through the heart of ‘Robin Hood Country' on your way to visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest examples of a Norman castle in England. Your tour will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Later, continue to York, once the Viking capital of Britain. Saunter along the Shambles to reach York Minster, in the heart of this medieval gem. Your hotel lies within the walls facing Clifford's Tower.(FB / D)
Day: 6 Through the English Lakes to Edinburgh
Drive through the Lake District National Park, a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil lakes, inspiration to a host of English poets. Stop in Wordsworth's village of Grasmere and see the poet's grave in the churchyard before crossing the border at Gretna and continuing to the Scottish capital.(FB)
Day: 7 Edinburgh, Scotland’s Captial of Culture
In the morning, travel down the Royal Mile to the Queen’s Holyroodhouse Palace before crossing over to the ‘New Town’. Next, walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town. The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street. At night, selected departures venture to the Military Tattoo – a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums.(FB)
Day: 8 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, the home of golf. After some time to explore, cross the Tay and drive to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry. Next, stop at Culloden Moor, scene of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746. Continue on to stately Inverness, where your hotel is perfectly placed in the centre of town.(FB / D)
Day: 9 Along the shores of Loch Ness and across the Sea to Skye
Go on a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of 'Nessie' in the heart of Scotland's great glen. Afterwards, pause for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle, set idyllically on a headland on Loch Duich. Then hear tales of Flora MacDonald and her vain defence of the Bonnie Prince as you cross over the sea to Skye.(FB / D)
Day: 10 Loch Lomond and Glasgow
Return to the mainland and drive to the Commando Memorial in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Then on through Fort William to absorb the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, the ‘Valley of the Weeping', where the dreadful massacre of the MacDonalds took place in 1692. Enjoy a scenic drive along the ‘Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond', en route to Glasgow for an orientation tour.(FB)
Day: 11 Across the Irish Sea to Titanic Belfast
Bid farewell to Scotland as you cross the Irish Sea and drive to the vibrant Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert to see the City Hall, Queen's University and Stormont Castle. In your free time, why not follow the story of the ill-fated RMS Titanic at the new state of the art Belfast exhibition.(FB)
Day: 12 Dublin city sightseeing
(Relaxed Starts) Travel alongside the Mountains of Mourne before crossing the historic Boyne Valley, site of the battle where William of Orange defeated the forces of Catholic King James. On your guided tour of Ireland's ‘fair city', you will see O'Connell Street, historic Phoenix Park and St. Patrick's Cathedral.(FB)
Day: 13 A pint of the 'Black Stuff' in Dublin
This morning, before it opens to the public, experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert. The rest of the day is yours to shop, continue sightseeing or maybe take an optional drive to the ruined monastic site of Glendalough?(FB)
Day: 14 Galway, the Cliffs of Moher and Limerick
Travel west to Galway the 'City of the Tribes' for an orientation tour. Continue across the limestone landscape of the Burren, to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking vistas of the Clare Coast. Next, journey on to Limerick on the shores of the river Shannon.(FB)
Day: 15 Around the Dingle Peninsula to Killarney
(Relaxed Starts) See the 12th century St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone before setting off via the picturesque thatched village of Adare, to Tralee. Enjoy more spectacular scenery as you make your way into the great cliffs, wide skies and ocean views of the Dingle Peninsula to Killarney.(FB / D)
Day: 16 Ring of Kerry Experience
(Relaxed Starts) A delightful morning excursion takes you around the Ring of Kerry, a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages. Continue through Ireland's highest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy Reeks, to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy. Maybe take the opportunity to ride a Jaunting Car around the lake or through the National Park? Choose from a selection of restaurants in Killarney this evening.(FB / DA)
Day: 17 Blarney Castle and Waterford
Visit Blarney Castle, the home of the famous stone of eloquence, once kissed, never forgotten! Travel on to the walled city of Waterford for a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman.(FB / D)
Day: 18 Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff
Take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Pembroke for a pleasant drive through the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire. Continue past the valleys of South Wales to the Welsh capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and the brilliant Principality Stadium.(FB)
Day: 19 The Roman Bath, Glastonbury and Torquay
Cross the Severn Bridge to reach Bath, the site of Britain's only hot, mineral springs. Enjoy a tour through the Georgian streets and crescents and visit the Roman Baths. Then drive to mystical Glastonbury to view the Abbey, reputedly the legendary burial place of King Arthur. After a short onwards journey, you'll reach the seaside town of Torquay.(FB)
Day: 20 Plymouth and the Cornish Coast Excursion
(Relaxed Starts) In the morning, drive to Plymouth to see the Mayflower Steps, Barbican, Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Move on to a quaint Cornish fishing village. Return to Torquay across rugged Dartmoor. Enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner - a fitting finalé to your tour.(FB / CD)
Day: 21 Over Salisbury Plain to Stonehenge and return to London
Cross Salisbury Plain to visit Stonehenge, the world's most famous prehistoric monument, its true meaning lost in the mists of time. In the afternoon, return to London’s Grosvenor(FB)
Day: 22 Homeward Bound
Your journey draws to a close after breakfast this morning

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