Brendan - Wonders of Britain and Ireland Summer 2024 (04/2024 - 09/2024) (BIBIZN19)

15 Days From London to London 
Tour Style: Regional Explorer
Brendan Brochure Price from $4,175.00
Brochures: Ireland and Scotland Tours 2023 v2, Ireland and Scotland Tours 2024 v1
Visits: England, Ireland

All the highlights and some special travel surprises feature on this in-depth UK and Ireland trip. Feel the pride of the Welsh people, see the seat where Irish kings once ruled and sample a pint of the favourite local brew during a tour of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
Choice Highlights

Must-see Highlights
  • : Explore Dublin and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford
  • : Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick, Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of the famous colleges of Oxford (when open)
  • : View the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Alnwick Castle - the home to Harry Potter amp;amp; Hogwarts, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon
  • : See St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Georgian Squares in Dublin and the Lake District's magnificent scenery
  • : Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • : Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

Iconic Experience
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
  • Bath: Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.
  • Cardiff: Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts! Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence.
  • Ring of Kerry: Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
  • Dublin: A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Cashel: See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.
  • Chester: See the Jubilee Clock, cathedral, city walls, and famous black and white Rows.
  • Lake District: Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalised by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.
  • Gretna Green: Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.
  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Alnwick: See the impressive Alnwick Castle and Tenantry Column during a visit of this traditional county town.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • Oxford: See the spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.

Dive Into Culture
  • Waterford: Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
  • Dublin: Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see how the world’s most famous stout is created then enjoy the distinctive taste of a perfectly chilled pint of Guinness.

Be My Guest
  • Kenmare: Tales of potent poitin and rural Ireland are shared over a delicious Be My Guest dinner of Irish Stew at Molly Gallivan’s 200-year old cottage with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows.

Brendan Tour Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to London
The cosmopolitan capital of London rolls out its red carpet with all the pomp and pageantry you're unlikely to encounter anywhere else in the world. Spend the day ambling along its grand boulevards and past iconic sights as you familiarise yourself with the city's bustling atmosphere.
Visits: London
Accommodation: Park Plaza County Hall
Day 2Discover the Sights of London
Join a Local Specialist today to explore the city's favourite landmarks. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, before spending the rest of the day at leisure to delve into the city's history, culture, art and architecture.
Visits: London
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Park Plaza County Hall
Day 3Stonehenge and Bath and on to Cardfiff
Meet your Travel Director this morning and stop to ponder the mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge, before driving west to Bath. Cross the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, then view the Wales Millennium Centre and the National Assembly at Cardiff Bay. Later, enjoy warm hospitality and traditional Welsh pub fare and drinks at a rousing Welcome Reception.
Visits: London, Stonehenge, Bath, Cardiff
Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Reception
Accommodation: Mercure Holland House
Day 4Onwards to Waterford
This morning, we view the Principality Stadium during our orientation of Cardiff. Enjoy some leisure time in this modern capital. Perhaps visit the Victorian Gothic fantasy of Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the 'Emerald Isle' and travel to historic Waterford, where we'll dine in our hotel tonight.
Visits: Cardiff, Waterford
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Marina
Day 5Admire Blarney Castle and Journey to Killarney Dive Into Culture
Dive Into Culture and watch the master craftsmen of the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Then, kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab', before travelling to the picturesque town of Killarney.
Visits: Waterford, Blarney, Killarney
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Killarney
Day 6A Day on the Ring of Kerry Connect with Locals
Today we experience the enduring beauty of Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula – the emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide an exquisite backdrop for our leisurely drive around what has become known as the Ring of Kerry. See Daniel O'Connell's Cahirsiveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap with its panoramic views. This evening, we Connect With Locals at Molly Gallivan’s 200-year-old cottage, sharing a memorable Be My Guest experience with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows.
Visits: Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Killarney
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest
Accommodation: Killarney
Day 7Journey to Cultural Dublin
Celtic art and history take centre stage this morning as we visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of Irish kings for centuries. Perched atop a limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale, the historic ruins house one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. We arrive this afternoon in Dublin, where we will join our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds of an Irish cabaret.
Visits: Killarney, Cashel, Dublin
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn
Day 8Dublin Your Way Dive Into Culture
Beat the crowds and Dive Into Culture when you explore the Guinness Brewery for a tour of the Storehouse including a tasting. The rest of the day is yours to soak up the cosy atmosphere of the Irish capital. Ramble through the buzzing streets of Temple Bar or visit Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers.
Visits: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn
Day 9The Sights of Chester and Liverpool
Board the ferry to Wales. Admire the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to the ancient city of Chester, with its characteristic Tudor Rows and medieval walls. We arrive later in Liverpool, the haunt of the 'Fab Four', joining our companions for a tasty Regional Dinner.
Visits: Dublin, Chester, Liverpool
Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Accommodation: Jurys Inn
Day 10Through the Lake District to Edinburgh
The beautiful landscape, which for centuries inspired the Romantic poets, provides a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic drive from the lush green hills of Lancashire to the Lake District. Skirt the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, as we travel through countryside made famous by poet William Wordsworth. We cross the Scottish border and visit the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green. This evening, we arrive in beguiling Edinburgh, where we'll spend the next two nights.
Visits: Liverpool, Lake District, Gretna Green, Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Apex City
Day 11Discover Remarkable Edinburgh
Join a Local Specialist this morning for a memorable sightseeing tour of this captivating capital, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on Castle Rock. See Auld Reekie's Royal Mile and the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and admire the Georgian façades in Edinburgh's New Town. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Visits: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Apex City
Day 12Venture to York
We journey south to the medieval market town of Alnwick with its impressive castle and Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits imposingly overlooking the town’s beautiful gardens. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland and the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where you’ll walk through the charming Shambles, see the medieval walls and York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.
Visits: Edinburgh, Alnwick, York
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novotel Centre
Day 13On to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon
We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon to see where the 'Avon Bard' was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, then enjoy some free time to explore. This evening we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.
Visits: York, Stratford-upon-Avon
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel and Spa
Day 14Journey through the Cotswolds to Oxford and London
Journey to the Cotswolds this morning and the little churchyard at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. Arriving in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, we'll enjoy an orientation tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and visit one of the university's famous colleges (when open). We return to London this afternoon.
Visits: Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, London
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Park Plaza County Hall
Day 15Goodbye London
For now, it's time to say farewell to our travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday as we prepare to return home with treasured memories.
Visits: London
Meals: Breakfast

Available Room Types: Single, Triple, Twin, Twinshare
Child: ages 5 to 17

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