Ireland & England Guided Holidays
8 Nights

Duration:
8 Nights
Travel Dates:
05/01/20 to 13/12/20

From

AUD$2,309

Price per person

Package Details

Overview

Travel with CIE Tours, an Irish owned and operated tour operator. Over the years CIE Tours have built up an enviable reputation for security and reliability with satisfied clients from all over the world. CIE Tours set high standards for delivering excellent holidays with state-of-the-art luxury coaches; prompt and pleasant customer service; the best hotels; and carefully chosen visits and entertainment. Outstanding local tour directors will share their knowledge, stories, passion for their home places - they are the company's greatest assets. All guided tour experiences include full breakfasts, most dinners and some evening entertainment as well as unique visits and admissions. It’s all included, there are no hidden extras. CIE Tours offers the largest selection of tours in the market to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, so you have more choices. For more details refer to our 2020 Ireland & Britain Guided Holidays brochure.

Details

Irish Odyssey

12 Nights from $2,769p.p.
Valid For Travel: 03 Apr – 20 Oct, 2020

Experience the highlights of the entire island’s gorgeous scenery and intriguing culture on our most comprehensive Irish tour.

Includes:

  • 11 Nights in five-star accommodation
  • PLUS 1 night free pre-tour accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch and 9 dinners including Taylors Three Rock Pub with a live show, Páidí Ó Sé’s Pub in Ventry with a talk on Gaelic sports, and the Walled City Brewery Restaurant in Derry
  • City tours at Dublin, Cork, Galway, Derry and Belfast
  • Farmhouse visit with tea and scones
  • Tour of Blarney Castle
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle
  • Sheep dog demonstration
  • Lough Corrib scenic cruise
  • Entrances to Kilmainham Gaol, EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, the House of Waterford Crystal, the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Ballintubber Abbey, Belleek Pottery, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast® and Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre
  • Ferry crossing at Shannon
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Transportation by luxury coach including FREE WiFi access
  • Backpack including document wallet, luggage tags, baggage strap, universal power adapter and rain poncho

Itinerary: Dublin – Cork – Killarney – Galway – Derry – Kingscourt – Trim

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol

Tour begins 2:00pm at your Dublin hotel. Set out on a tour of highlights of the city and view Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the General Post Office, and tour Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Overnight: Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

Day 2: EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum & Taylors Three Rock Pub

Visit EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, the world’s only fully digital museum, and discover the story of the 10 million people who have left Ireland over the last 1,500 years –and their impact on the world. Your afternoon is free to explore Dublin. Later, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub.

Overnight: Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin (B,D)

Day 3: Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal

Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse and learn about country living while enjoying tea and scones. At the House of Waterford Crystal, watch experienced craftspeople blow glass and cut crystal. Continue along the south coast to Cork for dinner.

Overnight: The River Lee Hotel, Cork (B,D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & Killarney

Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of Cork and the English Market. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll through the lovely gardens. Enjoy the scenery in Counties Cork and Kerry as you head to the colorful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry.

Overnight: Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (B,D)

Day 5: Jaunting Car Ride & Dingle Peninsula

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate and see Lough Leane, the largest of Killarney’s lakes. Travel to the scenic Dingle Peninsula for views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Enjoy a demonstration of highly-skilled sheepdogs herding sheep at a local farm. Stop at Slea Head to admire the views and take photos. Enjoy dinner at Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry while you hear a fun talk on Gaelic sports.

Overnight: Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (B,D)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Visit the family pub of the late famed playwright, John B. Keane for some tea and scones. One of Ireland’s most beloved writers, he wrote many of his works in a room behind the bar. Embark on a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and drive along the coast of County Clare. View the famous Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Join a local guide for a walking tour of Galway.

Overnight: The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (B,D)

Day 7: Connemara & Corrib Cruise

Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Take a scenic cruise on Lough Corrib and sip some creamy Irish coffee (seasonal). Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Galway, where the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and dining.

Overnight: The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (B,L)

Day 8: Ballintubber Abbey & Belleek Pottery

Travel north to Claremorris to visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as “the Abbey that refused to die,” Ireland’s only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years. Visit Belleek Pottery, then follow the Atlantic shoreline of Donegal Bay to the town of Donegal for some free time. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry.

Overnight: City Hotel Derry, Derry (B,D)

Day 9: Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk

Explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a walk around this historic city’s medieval walls; take a walk across the Peace Bridge and complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant. You’ll enjoy a drink with your dinner and a flight of 4 of the brewery’s beers to taste – plus you’ll get a bottle of CIE Tours’ signature beer to take away.

Overnight: City Hotel Derry, Derry (B,D)

Day 10: Titanic Belfast® & Cabra Castle Stay

Head to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast®. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon to enjoy this lovely property. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing.

Overnight: Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (B,D)

Day 11: Megalithic Tombs & Farewell Dinner

Visit the Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, followed by a visit to one of these mysterious marvels. Travel to your hotel in Trim, the setting for some scenes of the movie “Braveheart”, and enjoy some free time. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your group.

Overnight: Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim (B,D)

Day 12: Tour Ends in Trim

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Scottish Isles and Glens

11 Nights from $3,809p.p., Save $423!
Valid For Travel: 11 Apr – 10 Oct, 2020

Feeling adventurous? Explore Scotland’s traditional culture along its gorgeous coastline and remote islands.

Includes:

  • 11 nights in 3 and 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 7 dinners including a fun Scottish evening in Edinburgh with traditional songs, stories and dancing
  • City tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Guided tour of Mount Stuart House, Dunvegan Castle and Edinburgh Castle
  • Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting
  • Sheep herding demonstration
  • Admission to National Piping Centre, Eilean Donan Castle, Inverewe Gardens,Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae, Dunrobin Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
  • Ferry travel to the Isle of Bute and Orkney Islands
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Touring with professional driver/guide
  • Transportation by luxury coach including FREE WiFi access
  • Backpack including document wallet, luggage tags, baggage strap, universal power adapter and rain poncho

Itinerary: Glasgow – Kyle Of Lochalsh – Ullapool – Kirkwall – Inverness – Edinburgh

Day 1: Glasgow & Bagpipes 

Tour begins 3:00 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Enjoy a tour around the city famed for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. A prosperous port city due to international trade and shipbuilding, today it is Scotland’s cultural hub. Proceed on to the National Piping Centre, where you’ll learn all about bagpipes and even try your hand at playing a tune. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group and then enjoy a free evening for dining independently.

Overnight: Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel

Day 2: Isle of Bute & Mount Stuart House 

Ferry to the Isle of Bute for stunning island scenery and a guided tour of the 19th-century Mount Stuart House. Spend some time in Rothesay, the main town on the island. Enjoy free time in Glasgow and an independent dinner.

Overnight: Novotel Glasgow Centre Hotel (B)

Day 3: Loch Lomond & Eilean Donan Castle 

Travel along the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Journey through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful regions. Travel through Fort William and stop at a woollen mill for refreshments and shop for Scottish goods. Visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle before heading to your hotel.

Overnight: Balmacara Hotel (B, D)

Day 4: Isle of Skye & Dunvegan Castle 

Explore the Isle of Skye and its associations with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Tour Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and former stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod. Stop in picturesque Portree with its brightly painted houses clustered around the bay. Enjoy a photo opportunity or two, including the spectacular Kilt Rock. Enjoy free time before dinner.

Overnight: Balmacara Hotel (B, D)

Day 5: Inverewe Gardens & Ullapool 

Take in the Highland scenery as you head to Inverewe Gardens, where a haven of tropical trees and shrubs has been created. Continue to Ullapool, an active fishing and ferry port, and check in to your hotel near the harbour.

Overnight: The Royal Hotel, Ullapool (B, D)

Day 6: Highland Scenery & Orkney 

Admire the rugged mountains, coastline, and vast areas of open land of the sparsely populated northernmost section of the Highlands. Learn about the Highland Clearances, a tragic period of history when many peasants were forced off the land and emigrated to the United States, Australia, and other countries. Take advantage of the many photo opportunities at Kylesku and stop off for lunch in Durness. Continue to Scrabster on the northern coast of Scotland and take a ferry to the Orkney Islands, enjoying dinner on board.

Overnight: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall (B, D)

Day 7: Orkney Sights & Skara Brae 

Discover Orkney, starting with a drive across the Churchill Barriers, created during World War II to deter German submarines. Next, explore the tiny Italian Chapel, with its elaborate paintings. Travel on to the Ring of Brodgar, a Neolithic henge and stone circle that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Skara Brae to see the well-preserved 5,000-year-old village dwellings and return to Kirkwall to see St. Magnus Cathedral. Enjoy free time in the afternoon and evening to browse around the town and dine independently.

Overnight: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall (B)

Day 8: Dunrobin Castle & Inverness 

Board a ferry back to the mainland and head to Dunrobin Castle, dating to 1275 and renovated in the mid-1800s. With 189 rooms, this is the largest castle in northern Scotland. Stop for photo opportunities amidst its scenic hills. Continue south to Inverness, the principal town in the Highlands.

Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness (B, D)

Day 9: Urquhart Castle & Culloden Battlefield 

Keep your camera handy as you visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle and cruise on Loch Ness. Stop at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the conflict that led to the end of the clan system in Scotland. Walk around the moor and see monuments to the various regiments who lost men. Return to Inverness with time to relax, shop, or walk alongside the river.

Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness (B, D)

Day 10: Sheep Herding & Whisky Tasting 

Immerse yourself in farm life and watch as skilled dogs round up sheep. Enjoy lunch on your own in the Victorian town of Pitlochry and visit Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is produced and enjoy a tasting. Travel onto Edinburgh and check into your city centre hotel with free time to explore and have dinner on your own. (August 1 – 15 departures have a festive Scottish dinner on this day instead of Day 11)

Overnight: Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh (B)

Day 11: Edinburgh Castle & Traditional Scottish Dinner

Discover Edinburgh’s highlights including the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” and the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels. That evening, enjoy a festive Scottish dinner with lively, traditional entertainment to follow. August 1 – 15 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade (with the Scottish dinner on Day 10 instead).

Overnight: Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh (B, D)

Day 12: Tour Ends In Edinburgh 

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Taste of Britain and Ireland

13 Nights from $4,155p.p., Save $462!
Valid For Travel: 03 Apr – 09 Oct, 2020

Explore the highlights of England, Scotland and Ireland in this great introduction to these three historic countries.

Includes:

  • 13 nights in 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 8 dinners
  • Panoramic Tour of London, Windsor, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Galway
  • London & Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tours
  • Cruises at Lake Windermere and Dingle Harbour
  • Tours of Windsor Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Blarney Castle
  • Sheep dog demonstration at Rathbaun Farm
  • Entrances to Roman Baths, Shakespeare’s birthplace, the famous Blacksmiths Shop in Gretna Green, Titanic Belfast, Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
  • One-way ferry travel from Cairnryan to Belfast
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Touring with professional driver/guide
  • Transportation by luxury coach including FREE WiFi access
  • Backpack including document wallet, luggage tags, baggage strap, universal power adapter and rain poncho

Itinerary: London – Bath – Liverpool – Edinburgh – Belfast – Dublin – Killarney – Galway – Dublin

Day 1: London Arrival & Tour 

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Overnight: Hilton London Paddington

Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights 

Discover London’s attractions on your own with an open-top, Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Enjoy a choice of routes and walking tours. You might visit the Tower of London to view the Crown Jewels, or visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. The evening is free to explore and dine on your own.

Overnight: Hilton London Paddington (B)

Day 3: Windsor Castle & Bath 

Take a panoramic tour of Windsor before visiting Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the Queen’s official residences to see the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, the site of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. Enjoy some free time for lunch and then travel to Bath. Visit the Roman Baths for a tour to discover why these hot mineral‐rich springs have been popular since Roman times.

Overnight: Apex City of Bath Hotel (B D)

Day 4: Cotswolds Drive & Shakespeare Birthplace 

Take in the gentle hills of the Cotswolds, renowned for its pretty cottages and colourful gardens. Stop in a typical lovely old village in the region. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to see an exhibition about his life and work, before walking through the house where he was born. Travel on to Liverpool and spend the evening exploring its rich pop-music history with dinner on your own.

Overnight: Hilton Liverpool City Centre (B)

Day 5: Lake District & Scottish Evening 

Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s children’s books. Embark on a cruise along Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. Over the Scottish border, stop at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop in Gretna Green before travelling towards Edinburgh. Enjoy a traditional dinner and ceilidh at your hotel in Edinburgh.

Overnight: Malmaison Hotel (B, D)

Day 6: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour 

Explore central Edinburgh, including the 200-year-old “New Town” with elegant Georgian houses and the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free to explore and dine on your own. On August 7 – 21 departures, experience the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Overnight: Malmaison Hotel (B)

Day 7: Glasgow City Tour & Ferry to Belfast 

Travel to Glasgow for a city tour. Enjoy some free time in the city for lunch on your own. Proceed on to Cairnryan on Loch Ryan and take a short ferry ride to Ireland.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre (B, D)

Day 8: Titanic Belfast & The Glyde Inn 

Take some time this morning to explore central Belfast on your own. Then learn all about Belfast’s shipbuilding history and the ill-fated RMS Titanic at Titanic Belfast where you can experience the history of this ocean liner through interactive displays. In the evening, stop at The Glyde Inn for a drink and dinner with entertainment.

Overnight: Croke Park Hotel (B, D)

Day 9: Dublin Walking Tour & Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus 

Tour Dublin independently, on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Use your voucher to visit your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer.

Overnight: Croke Park Hotel (B)

Day 10: Blarney Castle & Killarney 

Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Travel towards Macroom and into the mountainous scenery of Killarney. After dinner at your hotel, you might want to find a “singing bar” for some entertainment.

Overnight: The Brehon Hotel (B, D)

Day 11: Dingle Peninsula & Irish Night 

Visit the Dingle Peninsula, made famous by the movies “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away.” Take in spectacular views from Slea Head at the western tip. Enjoy some free time to explore Dingle on your own. Later, head to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for an Irish night featuring dinner and traditional entertainment.

Overnight: The Brehon Hotel (B, D)

Day 12: Flying Boat Museum & Cliffs of Moher 

Visit Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel. Foynes is the home of Irish coffee, so you’ll learn how to make one and enjoy a sample.  Ferry across the River Shannon Estuary to view the Cliffs of Moher. Later explore the village of Doolin for lunch on your own. Take a brief panoramic tour around Galway’s city centre with a local guide.

Overnight: Hotel Meyrick (B, D)

Day 13: Rathbaun Farm & Fitzpatrick Castle Stay 

Begin the day with a gentle walking tour of all the important sights of Galway. Visit Rathbaun Farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep and enjoy tea and scones. Stroll around Dalkey, an elegant suburb of Dublin, home of such luminaries as Bono and the late writer Maeve Binchy. Spend the night in an elegant castle hotel in Dublin and enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Overnight: Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney (B, D)

Day 14: Tour Ends in Dublin 

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Best of Britain

9 Nights from $3,115p.p., Save $347!
Valid For Travel: 05 Apr – 25 Oct, 2020

Cover a lot of ground in England, Scotland and Wales on this fast paced introduction to Britain – a perfect tour for first-timers.

Includes:

  • 9 nights in 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 3 dinners including a Scottish evening at Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh, and a festive Welsh banquet in Cardiff Castle on most departures
  • City tours of Windsor, Edinburgh and London
  • Walking tours at York and Cariff
  • London Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  • Tours of York Minster, Edinburgh Castle and Cardiff Castle
  • Entrances to Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace, Bamburgh Castle, British Music Experience, Cavern Club, Tintern Abbey, the Roman Baths, Stonehenge, Tower of London
  • One-way ferry travel from Cairnryan to Belfast
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Touring with professional driver/guide
  • Transportation by luxury coach including FREE WiFi access
  • Backpack including document wallet, luggage tags, baggage strap, universal power adapter and rain poncho

Itinerary: Windsor – York – Ediburgh – Liverpool – Cardiff – London

Day 1: Windsor Castle 

Tour begins 2:30 at your Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink. Take a walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.

Overnight: Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor

Day 2: Blenheim Palace & Cotswolds Drive 

Travel to Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house and home to the Dukes of Marlborough. Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, passing through quaint towns and villages nestled in distinctive rolling hills and valleys. Travel on to York, a city founded by the Romans in the first century and a major wool trading centre in the middle Ages.

Overnight:  Hotel Du Vin, York (B, D)

Day 3: York Minster & Bamburgh Castle 

Take a walking tour of York’s medieval streets, including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways. Tour Gothic York Minster, renowned for its magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This magical castle is set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Continue to your hotel near Edinburgh, Dalhousie Castle, and hear a piper play before a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.

Overnight: Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Near Edinburgh (B, D)

Day 4: Edinburgh City Tour & Edinburgh Castle 

Explore central Edinburgh starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. View Princes Street, the city’s premier shopping street, and see the Royal Mile, where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. August 9 – 23 departures view the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.

Overnight: Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Near Edinburgh (B)

Day 5: Lake District & British Music Experience 

Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s many children’s books. Stop in one of the many traditional villages before continuing to Liverpool. Visit the British Music Experience, an interactive attraction exploring British popular music through the decades. Admire the priceless collection of music memorabilia and enjoy a musical twist. The evening is free to dine on your own – then experience live music at the world-famous Cavern Club.

Overnight: Hilton Hotel, Liverpool (B)

Day 6: Tintern Abbey & Welsh Evening in Cardiff 

Travel through scenic Shropshire, one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Stop in Ludlow, a quintessentially English town to see the castle and quaint old black-and-white houses. Continue through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey close to the River Wye. Head to Cardiff and tour Cardiff Castle before enjoying a Welsh banquet with lively music and entertainment.

Overnight: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff (B, D)

Day 7: Roman Baths & Stonehenge 

Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff with a brief walk to see the principal areas and buildings. Head to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since ancient Roman times. Stop for lunch on your own in this historic spa town. Then marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge at Salisbury Plain and learn about the primitive building methods used to create such an enduring monument. In London, the evening is free to explore and dine in one of the city’s many restaurants.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London (B)

Day 8: London Tour & Tower of London 

Set out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, ravens, Beefeaters in their distinctive uniforms, and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is free for further exploring.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London (B)

Day 9: London Sightseeing 

Enjoy a day of independent sightseeing in London by Hop-On, Hop-Off bus and tour around the many famous landmarks as you please. You can choose from a number of different routes, including a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London (B)

Day 10: Tour Ends in London 

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Grand Tour of Britain and Ireland

22 Nights from $6,925p.p, Save $771!
Valid For Travel: 26 Apr – 13 Sep, 2020

Cover a lot of ground in England, Scotland and Wales on this fast paced introduction to Britain – a perfect tour for first-timers.

Includes:

  • 22 nights in 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches and 14 dinners including Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and show, and a traditional Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
  • Tours of London, York, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Belfast, Galway, Waterford, Dublin, Conwy, Cardiff, St Ives, Salisbury and Windsor
  • Ferry crossings Cairnryan to Belfast and Dublin to Holyhead
  • Walking tour in Cong of locations from the ‘Quiet Man’
  • Tours of York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Muckross House and Gardens, Blarney Castle, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Conwy Castle, Cardiff Castle, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle
  • Entrances to Kensington Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Robert Burns’ Birthplace Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, The House of Waterford Crystal, Dunbrody Famine Ship and Roman Baths
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Transportation by luxury coach including FREE WiFi access
  • Backpack including document wallet, luggage tags, baggage strap, universal power adapter and rain poncho

Itinerary: London – York – Edinburgh – Scottish Highlands – Strathclyde – Belfast – Galway – Killarney – Waterford – Dublin – Conway – Cardiff – Salisbury – Windosor

Day 1: London Arrival & Kensington Palace

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of London with a local guide. Visit Kensington Palace, Queen Victoria’s birthplace and former home of Princess Diana. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group at your hotel before a free evening for independent dining.

Overnight: Novotel London Tower Bridge

Day 2: Independent London Sightseeing & St. Paul’s Cathedral

Enjoy an independent day of sightseeing with tickets for the Original London Hop-On, Hop Off city tour. Explore St. Paul’s Cathedral with your enclosed admission voucher.

Overnight: Novotel London Tower Bridge (B)

Day 3: Cotswolds & Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Travel through the Cotswolds, ¬ filled with rolling hills and charming villages. Stop for photos before arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Enjoy free time in Stratford for lunch and some independent exploration before heading to your hotel in York.

Overnight: York Marriott (B,D)

Day 4: York Minster & Scottish Evening

Take a walking tour of central York and visit York Minster. Drive through the lush green scenery of northern England and cross into Scotland. View the ruins of Melrose Abbey. Celebrate with a traditional Scottish banquet and entertainment this evening.

Overnight: Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket or similar (B,D)

Day 5: Edinburgh Castle

Tour Edinburgh with a local guide, Scotland’s capital city, famous for its medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland.

Overnight: Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket or similar (B)

Day 6: St Andrews & Pitlochry

Take a tour of St Andrews the “Home of Golf.” Enjoy some free time before traveling on to Pitlochry for lunch. Proceed to Aviemore, a popular resort town in the Highlands.

Overnight: Macdonald Highland Hotel, Aviemore (B,D)

Day 7: Loch Ness Cruise & Glencoe

Cruise along Loch Ness; perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of the legendary Nessie. Drive though the Highlands and visit Stirling Castle before going to your hotel in Strathclyde near Glasgow.

Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Strathclyde (B,D)

Day 8: Rabbie Burns Birthplace Museum & Belfast

Stop at the Robert Burns’ Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet. Drive to the Cairnryan port to travel by ferry to Belfast, where you will dine in your hotel.

Overnight: Europa Hotel (B,D)

Day 9: Glens of Antrim & Giant’s Causeway

Drive through the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim. Visit the Giants Causeway, hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Return to Belfast for a panoramic tour of the city. Enjoy free time for dining independently. Overnight: Europa Hotel (B)

Day 10: Donegal & Galway

Depart for Donegal, where you will enjoy some free time and lunch independently. Visit Knock Shrine, a pilgrimage site where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared. Depart for Galway and take a walking tour of the city with a local guide. Return to your hotel for dinner there.

Overnight: Galway Bay Hotel (B,D)

Day 11: Wild Atlantic Way Drive & Quiet Man Walking Tour

Drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara. In Cong, take a short walking tour to see locations from the “Quiet Man.” Have lunch at Eddies of Clonbur, then travel to Galway via Maam Cross. The afternoon is free to enjoy Galway on your own.

Overnight: Galway Bay Hotel (B,L)

Day 12: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Drive through the Burren and visit the Cliffs of Moher, and take a ferry across the River Shannon. Stop at John B. Keane’s Pub, where the famed playwright wrote his famous works.

Overnight: Killarney Plaza Hotel (B,D)

Day 13: Muckross House & Sheep Farm

Visit the 19th-century Muckross House and Gardens. Take a scenic drive along the highlights of the Ring of Kerry before stopping in Kenmare for lunch and some free time to explore. Travel to a traditional farm to see highly-skilled sheepdogs herd sheep. Enjoy a free evening in Killarney.

Overnight: Killarney Plaza Hotel (B,L)

Day 14: Blarney Castle & Cobh

Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Visit Cobh and learn of this colorful town’s connection to the Titanic. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic city of Waterford with a local guide.

Overnight: Dooley’s Hotel Waterford (B,D)

Day 15: Waterford Crystal & Taylors Three Rock

Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to see how its famous glassware is made. Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to learn the history of Irish emigration. Enjoy a night of traditional Irish entertainment and cuisine at Taylors Three Rock Pub.

Overnight: Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin (B,D)

Day 16: Dublin & Book of Kells

Tour Dublin, then take a walking tour of Trinity College and see the 9th-century Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s – nest cultural treasures. Explore Dublin independently for the remainder of your day.

Overnight: Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin (B)

Day 17: Ferry to Wales & Conwy

Sail to Holyhead in Wales. Discover the town of Conwy and take a guided walking tour of its famous sights. Tour Conwy Castle with free time to explore on your own.

Overnight: The Quay Hotel Conwy (B,D)

Day 18: Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons

Head south through Snowdonia National Park, stopping in a traditional Welsh market town, where you’ll have some free time for lunch. View the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Cardiff before heading to Cardiff Castle, where you’ll enjoy a tour followed by an elegant banquet.

Overnight: Park Plaza Cardiff (B,D)

Day 19: Bath & Bodmin Moor

In Bath, visit the hot springs and the ancient Roman Baths. Stop in Glastonbury with its historic sites. Enjoy free time to explore and have lunch. Take a scenic drive through Devon, across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall to your hotel in St Austell.

Overnight: The Cornwall Hotel (B,D)

Day 20: St Michael’s Mount & St. Ives

Travel to Marazion and see St Michael’s Mount, a remarkable tidal island. If the tide allows, walk out across the causeway. Travel to the artistic community of St. Ives for a walking tour. Browse the picturesque ¬ fishing village of Mevagissey.

Overnight: The Cornwall Hotel (B,D)

Day 21: Stonehenge & Salisbury

Visit the stone monoliths at Stonehenge. Take a tour of Salisbury, a medieval city famous for its cathedral, which houses one of the original copies of the Magna Carta.

Overnight: Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel (B,D)

Day 22: Windsor Walking Tour & Windsor Castle

Head to Windsor for a walking tour with a local guide, then visit Windsor Castle, the Queen’s Residence. Explore independently for the rest of the day and evening.

Overnight: Macdonald Windsor Hotel (B)

Day 23: Tour Ends in London

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Irish Adventure

8 Nights from $2,309p.p., Save $255!
Valid For Travel: 01 Apr – 28 Oct, 2020

Maximise your holiday time with this fast-paced tour that takes in all the major highlights of Ireland, north and south.

Includes:

  • 8 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 1 pub lunch, and 6 dinners including a traditional Irish dinner and show at the Glyde Inn
  • Private tour of Dublin including Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • Walking tours at Glendalough, Waterford, Cobh, Galway and Derry
  • Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  • Tour of Blarney Castle
  • Sheep dog demonstration
  • Entrances to the House of Waterford Crystal, the Cliffs of Moher, Giant’s Causeway and Titanic Belfast®
  • Ferry crossing at Shannon
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Transportation by luxury coach including FREE WiFi access
  • Backpack including document wallet, luggage tags, baggage strap, universal power adapter and rain poncho

Itinerary:

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out on a private guided tour of Dublin. Highlights include 18th century Georgian houses with brightly painted doors, tranquil parks, and wide O’Connell Street. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.

Overnight: Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin (D)

Day 2: 6th Century Glendalough & Waterford

Enjoy the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, a stunning example of Ireland’s beauty. Explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Walk through the deep valley to view the picturesque ruins of a round tower, churches, and Celtic crosses. Head southeast to the Dunbrody Famine Ship, an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s vessel that brought desperate Irish emigrants fleeing famine to the New World.  Continue on to the city of Waterford, where before dinner you will take a gentle stroll around the narrow streets of the historic city with a local guide.

Overnight: Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford (B, D)

Day 3: Cobh & Blarney Castle

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Travel to Cobh for a walking tour – this harbour town was the last port of call for the Titanic in 1912 and was also the main point of embarkation for Irish emigrants between 1848 and 1960. Proceed on to Blarney, to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Journey west through rugged countryside and settle in to your centrally located hotel in Killarney.

Overnight: International Hotel, Killarney (B, D)

Day 4: Ring of Kerry Drive & Killarney

Discover the natural beauty of the Emerald Isle on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of photo stops along the way. After a pub lunch, stroll around Sneem and stop at Moll’s Gap for its panoramic views. Enjoy the evening in Killarney for dinner on your own and perhaps a visit to one of the town’s many lively pubs.

Overnight: International Hotel, Killarney (B, L)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Travel along the coast of County Clare. View the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Head to Galway and join a local guide for a brief stroll through the twisting streets of the old city before spending some time on your own.

Overnight: Ardilaun Hotel, Galway (B, D)

Day 6: Sheepdogs & Derry’s Medieval Walls

Stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to see one of the world’s leading Catholic shrines. Visit the church where villagers saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1879. Immerse yourself in Irish farm life during a visit to an authentic working farm and watch trained sheepdogs round up mountain sheep. Head to Donegal for some free time in this charming town. Proceed to Derry and meet a local guide to discover the history of this ancient city that retains its fortified medieval walls dating from 1613.

Overnight: Everglades Hotel, Derry (B, D)

Day 7: Giant’s Causeway & Titanic Belfast®

Explore the northern coastline and the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Visit Titanic Belfast® and learn about the ill-fated ship through state-of-the-art displays. See the docks where the famous liner was built just over a century ago. Stop at the Glyde Inn for a farewell dinner with Irish specialties and entertainment featuring traditional Irish music and songs.

Overnight: Croke Park Hotel, Dublin (B, D)

Day 8: Dublin Sightseeing

Enjoy the day touring Dublin independently on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus. Use your voucher to visit one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer.

Overnight: Croke Park Hotel, Dublin (B)

Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Offer ends 31 March.

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