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Wales & Ireland (9040) - 2015 / 2014

9 Day Tour from London to London


Wales & Ireland
Visit the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge
Visit the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge
Buckingham Palace in London
The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland
Ride the iconic double decker bus in London
View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland
Malahide Castle near Dublin, Ireland
Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland
Tower of London on a sunny day
Blarney Castle and the Stone of Eloquence
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

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Explore the best of Ireland, Wales, and England on this exciting vacation. Begin your trip with free time in London, then head out to explore enigmatic Stonehenge, and elegant Georgian Bath with its famous Roman ruins. Overnight is in Bristol, where John Cabot set sail to discover America in 1497. Cross into Wales and enjoy an orientation drive in Cardiff, the capital city. Motor through rich dairy farmland to Pembroke, where you’ll ferry across St. George’s Channel to Ireland. Take time in Blarney, famous for its legendary “Stone of Eloquence,” and visit the castle or shop for Irish handicrafts. Travel to the bustling resort of Killarney. Next, enjoy an exciting drive along the “Ring of Kerry” with spectacular seascapes, mountains, and verdant vegetation. Stop in Adare, known for its remarkable thatched cottages, and see the sites on an orientation drive in Limerick. Travel east to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, where the orientation drive shows you statue-lined O’Connell Street and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Leave Ireland and cross the Irish Sea to Wales, arriving in Holyhead on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey. Then, drive through scenic Snowdonia National Park and over Llanberis Pass to Llangollen, home of an annual national competition for poets and musicians. Spend the night in Wrexham before traveling south to England. Stop in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon to take photos of Anne Hathaway’s cottage and tour the town on your own. Return to London for the finale of your wonderful adventure.

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Sightseeing:
Visits to Stonehenge, Bath, Tramore, Blarney, Killarney, Adare, Llangollen, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon; orientation drives in Cardiff, Limerick, Dublin

Scenic Highlights:
Salisbury Plain, Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney, Snowdonia, Ironbridge

Guides:

Host service in London. Professional Tour Director while touring


Day 1Arrive in London, England

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there’s time to rest or discover the lively British capital; uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your day.

Day 2London–Stonehenge–Bath–Bristol

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. Visit Stonehenge, one of England's most intriguing mysteries. Explore the stunning new visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument from up close. Next up is the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famous for its Roman relics. Overnight in Bristol, from where John Cabot sailed in 1497 to discover America. (B,D)

Day 3Bristol–Cardiff, Wales–Tramore, Ireland

Cross the River Severn to the Welsh capital. An orientation drive here introduces you to the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, Millennium Stadium, and the stately civic buildings. Vistas of rich dairy farmland on the way to the departure point for the ferry across St. George’s Channel to Ireland, arriving at Rosslare in just under four hours. Overnight is in the seaside resort of Tramore. (B,D)

Day 4Tramore–Dungarvan–Youghal–Cork–Blarney–Killarney

Discover why Ireland is called the “Emerald Isle.” Dungarvan, Youghal, and Cork, the country’s second-largest city, are milestones on the way to Blarney, renowned for its Stone of Eloquence. Time at your leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, head through the Cork and Kerry mountains for the resort town of Killarney. (B,D)

Day 5Killarney–Ring of Kerry–Adare–Ennis

This morning, take a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive known as the “Ring of Kerry”—sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Drive via Adare, a village well known throughout Ireland for its prize-winning thatched cottages, to Limerick. Tonight, an optional banquet at Knappogue Castle is recommended. (B)

Day 6Ennis–Limerick–Dublin

Start the day with an orientation drive of Limerick that features King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone of 1691. Head east for the Irish capital via County Kildare and horse-racing country. Your afternoon in the “Fair City” starts off with an orientation drive along statue-lined O’Connell Street. Then, admire elegant Georgian squares and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Top the day with an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Day 7Dublin–Llangollen, Wales–Wrexham

Across the Irish Sea to Holyhead on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey with its tongue-twisting place names. Enjoy the best of North Wales on a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, including spectacular Llanberis Pass, then on to Llangollen, home of an annual national competition for poets and musicians, before arriving in Wrexham. This evening, why not join an optional excursion by barge along the Llangollen Canal? (B,D)

Day 8Wrexham–Ironbridge, England–Stratford-upon-Avon–London

First stop this morning at Ironbridge, “Cradle of the Industrial Revolution.” More scenic highlights on the last leg of your journey. In Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and explore the town at your own pace. After returning to London around 4 pm, how about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town? (B)

Day 9London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in London if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Round-trip Irish Sea crossings by day ferry


LONDON Jurys Inn Chelsea (F)
BRISTOL DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City (F)
TRAMORE Majestic (ST)
KILLARNEY Killarney Court (F)
ENNIS Auburn Lodge (ST)
DUBLIN Jurys Inn Custom House (F)
WREXHAM Ramada Plaza (F)
LONDON Novotel London West (F)

Full English breakfast; 4 three-course dinners with choice of menus


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARVIN PETTERSEN

Years of Experience: 27 years

It's just amazing how different life is in the countries of the United Kingdom! What an eye-opener travel can be as you pass from border to border through England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Touring is such fun, so sociable, and so educational. Come and see for yourself.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Wales & Ireland:

  • City of Bath
  • Ironbridge Gorge
  • Stonehenge


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