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Insight Vacations Romantic Britain and Ireland (Summer 2018) (B908)

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

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

Additional Included Highlights

  • Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town. York: See the city walls, York Minster, Clifford's Tower and the medieval Shambles. Lake District: Visit William Wordsworth’s grave in Grasmere. Edinburgh: Walk the Royal Mile and see the Palace of Holyroodhouse before and continuing to the 18 century New Town. St Andrews: Visit the town where Prince William met Kate Middleton
  • See the Old Course where golf was invented. Pitlochry: Visit the town famous for its salmon leap. Loch Duich: See the Eilean Donan Castle. Fort William: See the World War II Commando Memorial and Ben Nevis. Glasgow: Your Travel Director will show you George Square, St Mungo's Cathedral and other grand public buildings of the city. Troon: Cross the Irish Sea by ferry to reach Northern Ireland. Galway: See the cathedral, Lynch Memorial, 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 and the ruined city walls. Rosslare: Board a ferry to once again cross the Irish Sea, heading to Wales. Cardiff: See the castle and Principality Stadium. Bath: Admire the fine Georgian architecture. Glastonbury: View the abbey where King Arthur is allegedly buried. Plymouth: See Plymouth Hoe, the Royal Citadel, the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. Scenic drives: Cotswolds, Lake District National Park, Highlands, Loch Ness, Loch Duich, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Mountains of Mourne, Boyne Valley, the Burren, Dingle Penisula, Ring of Kerry, MacGillicuddy Reeks mountain range, Pembrokeshire, the valleys of south Wales, Severn Bridge, Dartmoor.

Authentic Dining

  • 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.
  • Ballindalloch: Visit one of the few remaining inhabited castle's of Scotland and be treated to a Farm-to-Table Scottish Tea and Scones.
  • Dining Summary:: 17 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 5 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 Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.

Signature and Highlight Hotels

  • Torquay: The Imperial Torquay is perched on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel and was a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who wrote about it in several of her novels.
  • 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.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Stratford: Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.
  • 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 journey 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: 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: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
  • Lincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise.
  • Belfast: See City Hall, Queen's University and Stormont Castle with your Local Expert.
  • Dublin: You Local Expert will show you famous O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • 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, Oxford and Stratford upon Avon.
Meet your Travel Director at 08:00 at The Grosvenor Hotel in London. Depart for the famous university town of Oxford with its beautiful spires. With time at leisure, why not visit the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market? Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to shape society today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers during a pleasant evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 4 Lincoln’s Magna Carta and Medieval York.
Travel through the heart of 'Robin Hood Country' on your way to visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England. Your exploration will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Continue to York, once the Viking capital of Britain and one of England's oldest cities predating records. Saunter along the Shambles to reach the York Minster, in the heart of this medieval gem. Your hotel lies within the walls facing Clifford's Tower.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 5 The English Lakes to Edinburgh.
Drive through the Lake District National Park, a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil lakes, inspiring a host of English poets. Stop in Wordsworth's village of Grasmere and see the poet's grave in the churchyard. Cross the border at Gretna Green, where runaway lovers were married and continue to the Scottish capital.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 6 Scotland’s Capital of Culture.
Travel down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse - official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen - before crossing over to New Town. Walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town and see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street. In the evening, select departures will attend to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 7 St. Andrews and 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 wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton finding her Prince Charming began when she and Prince William were students here. Alternately, 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. Pass Culloden Moor, the scene of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite army in 1746. Stop at Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, one of the only lived-in castles in Scotland, still inhabited by the same family since the 16th century. As guests of the castle you will be treated to an authentic Farm-to-Table experience, in the tradition of Scottish Tea and Scones. Continue on to stately Inverness, where your hotel is perfectly placed in the centre of town.(Buffet Breakfast / Afternoon Tea / Dinner)
Day: 8 Across the Sea to Skye.
Enjoy 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. Listen to tales of Flora MacDonald and her vain defence of the Bonnie Prince as you cross over the sea to Skye.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 9 Loch Lomond and Glasgow.
Return to the mainland and drive to the World War II Commando Memorial in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Continue through Fort William to absorb the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, the Valley of the Weeping, where the dreadful massacre of the MacDonald's took place in 1692. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, en route to Glasgow. Your Travel Director will show you the city's grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 10 Across the Irish Sea to Belfast.
Bid farewell to Scotland as you cross the Irish Sea and continue your journey to the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Meet your Local Expert to see the City Hall, Queen's University and Stormont Castle. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 11 Dublin city sightseeing.
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. Continue to Dublin, Ireland's 'fair city where the girls are so pretty,' and see O'Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral, with your Local Expert.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 12 A pint of the 'Black Stuff'.
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. The rest of the day is yours to shop, continue sightseeing or maybe take an optional drive to the ruined monastic site of Glendalough?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 13 Galway, the Cliffs of Moher and Limerick.
Travel west to Galway, known as the City of the Tribes. Guided by your Travel Director, for free time in this arty, bohemian city. Cross the limestone landscape of the Burren, to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking vistas of the Clare Coast. Journey to the town of Limerick, nestled on the shores of the River Shannon.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 14 The Dingle Peninsula to Killarney.
In the morning, your Travel Director will show you the 12th century St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone before setting off to Tralee via the picturesque thatched village of Adare. Enjoy more spectacular scenery as you make your way through the great cliffs, wide skies and ocean views of the Dingle Peninsula to Killarney.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 15 Ring of Kerry Experience.
A delightful morning excursion will take you around the Ring of Kerry, where mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. 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? In the evening, you are invited to choose your own dining experience from a selection of restaurants in Killarney for your Dine-Around Evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 16 Blarney Castle and Waterford.
Visit the ruined 15th century Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Continue to the walled city of Waterford and see the 11th century Reginald's Tower. On your guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal, you will meet a master craftsman and see his fine work.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 17 Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff.
From Rosslare, take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Pembroke and continuing on with a pleasant journey through the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire. Travel past the valleys of southern Wales to the capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and the brilliant Principality Stadium.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 18 The Roman Bath and Glastonbury.
Cross the Severn Bridge to reach the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above Britain's only thermal, mineral springs. Walk with your Travel Director through the Georgian streets and crescents. Visit the Roman Baths and 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. Your journey continues to mystical Glastonbury where you will see the abbey, reputedly the legendary burial place of King Arthur. Continuing south, you soon reach the seaside town of Torquay.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 19 The Cornish Coast.
In the morning, travel to Plymouth to see the Mayflower Steps, the Barbican, Royal Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Continue on to a quaint Cornish fishing village, before returning to Torquay across rugged Dartmoor. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner - a fitting finale to your travels.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 20 Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge.
Start the day by crossing the Salisbury Plain and stop to visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge, the world's most famous prehistoric monument, its true meaning lost in the mists of time. Your escorted journey draws to a close upon your return to The Grosvenor Hotel in London.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 21 Homeward Bound.
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.(Buffet Breakfast)

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