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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, then 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.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Inside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Stonehenge, Bath, Tramore, Blarney, Killarney, Adare, Llangollen, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon; orientation drives in Cardiff, DublinGuides:
Host service in London; professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights: Salisbury Plain, Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney, Snowdonia, Ironbridge
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Transportation: Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; round-trip Irish Sea crossings by day ferry
Meals & Itinerary
Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with choice of menus
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Arrive 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 2 London–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 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.
Day 3 Bristol–Cardiff, Wales–Tramore, Ireland
Cross the Severn River 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. Enjoy 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.
Day 4 Tramore–Blarney–Killarney
Discover why Ireland is called the “Emerald Isle.” Drive along the southern coast, passing Cork, the country’s second-largest city, 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.
Day 5 Killarney–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 Ennis. Tonight’s optional excursion is to a traditional Irish night, a fun ceili of song and dance in the setting of a village barn at Bunratty.
Day 6 Ennis–Dublin
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.
Day 7 Dublin–Llangollen, Wales–Wrexham
Take the FERRY 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?
Day 8 Wrexham–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?
Day 9 London
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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“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.”
LONDON Kensington Close (ST) or Novotel London West (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)
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.
Jaunting Car Ride through the National Park
When visiting Killarney, a jaunting car ride should not be missed! Your "jarvey" will pick you up at the hotel and take you along Killarney National Park, Deer Park and on to Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Lein. There is time to take photographs of the restored 15th century castle in picture perfect setting, before taking a different route back to your hotel. All along the way, the driver will regale you with stories, anecdotes and local gossip.
Approximate value: £10 GBP per person
Killarney Pub Evening
There is no better way to experience rural Ireland than to visit a traditional pub on this pre-dinner excursion. A scenic drive will take you to a traditional inn where live music is played. Join the locals in a bit of 'craic' while you enjoy two drinks of your choice and listen to some typical Irish music and songs.
Approximate value: £26 GBP per person
Irish Evening at the Corn Barn
Welcome to the Irish Evening at the Corn Barn, Bunratty Folk Park. Experience the magic of Irish music, dance, song, stories, laughter and traditional food all in the unique and charming surroundings of one of Ireland's most popular attractions, Bunratty Folk Park. The Corn Barn is the perfect setting for a celebration of the best Irish traditions. You are invited to enjoy the company of the finest singers, dancers and musicians of the local villages and experience the homeliness, friendship and warmth of a true Irish evening. The after dinner show presents Ireland - the Isle of Enchantment - a contemporary presentation of music, song and dance through the persona of the land herself - Inis draiochta (Isle of Enchantment).
Approximate value: £60 GBP per person
Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper
Guinness is known the world over - located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. This visit will teach you everything about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of barrel making in the cooperage. The highlight is the 7th floor Gravity Bar, where you will sample a pint of "the black stuff" and enjoy the breathtaking views across Dublin City. Round the evening off with an excellent buffet dinner with wine.
Approximate value: £55 GBP per person
Llangollen Canal Barge Ride
Board your private barge, then enjoy unforgettable views of the Dee valley as you sail over the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which carries the Llangollen canal, while your guide explains this 1007 feet long masterpiece of British Victorian engineering. After disembarking enjoy a drink at a local inn.
Approximate value: £28 GBP per person
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