From the fashionable streets of London to the magical Blarney Stone, this adventure offered by Member Choice Vacations takes you to the top attractions in the British Isles. Travel through scenic countryside and across the Irish Sea as you visit historic sights and cities in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Engaging experiences and highlights include:
• Kiss the famous Blarney Stone and attend a traditional Irish House Party.
• See majestic Caernarfon Castle where the Prince of Wales was crowned.
• Visit Stonehenge, tour Edinburgh and see Shakespeare’s birthplace.
• AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Lunch and tour of the Guinness Storehouse.
$25 per person savings
AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Lunch and tour at the Guinness Storehouse
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A treasure trove of historic sights, rolling countryside and cultural jewels are yours to discover on this delightful in-depth tour of the British Isles. Explore the best that England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland have to offer, from dazzling London and mystic Stonehenge to Edinburgh Castle, Ireland's Ring of Kerry, the dramatic landscapes of Wales and much more. You'll begin in the world-class city of London, where a half-day tour includes Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Then head east to the ancient monoliths at Stonehenge and the city of Bath, where two of Jane Austen’s novels were set. Admire Bath's Georgian architecture and visit the Roman Baths before seeing Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, the Welsh capital city.
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry to Rosslare and the Irish city of Waterford. Browse for bargains at the Waterford Crystal factory and seek "the gift of gab" when you kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Explore Killarney, home to a richly varied landscape heralded in song and literature for centuries. Admire the breathtaking scenery of the famous Ring of Kerry. The Ring's one hundred miles of marvelous scenery consists of the highest peaks in Ireland on one side and a coastline scattered with golden beaches and rocky headlands on the other. Continue to Dublin, a lively city of with a rich cultural heritage. Revel in Irish humor, music and dance at an Irish House Party and enjoy lunch at the Brazen Head, Ireland's oldest pub. Then discover the great history and tradition of Guinness during a tour and tasting at the Guinness Storehouse.
Head back to Britain and visit majestic Caernarfon Castle where the future King of England was crowned Prince of Wales. In the Lake District, visit the village of Grasmere, once home to the poet William Wordsworth, and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Windermere as you head north to the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh. A sightseeing tour includes the Georgian New Town, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle set on a dramatic bluff above the city. In York, marvel at York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Conclude your whirlwind tour in Stratford-upon-Avon with visits to Anne Hathaway’s picturesque cottage and Shakespeare’s birthplace.
• 13 nights in first class and superior first class hotels: 2 nights in London, 1 night in Cardiff, 1 night in Waterford, 2 nights in Killarney, 2 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Ewloe, 2 nights in Edinburgh, 1 night in York and 1 night in Stratford-upon-Avon
• Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 9 dinners
• On tour transportation including ferry to/from Ireland
• Services of a professional tour manager
• Lunch and tour of Guinness Storehouse in Dublin plus comprehensive sightseeing
• Hotel to hotel baggage handling
Day 1 – Depart the U.S.
Take an overnight flight to London.
Day 2 – Arrive in London
Arrive in London and make your own way to the hotel. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner.
Accommodation: Centrally-located London hotel – 2 nights
Day 3 – London Sightseeing
During a locally guided tour of London, see Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the changing of the guard (if held). Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to further explore the city’s sights.
Day 4 – Stonehenge, Bath & Cardiff
Visit Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Journey to the elegant Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year-old elaborate spas. Continue to the Welsh capital city of Cardiff.
Accommodation: Centrally-located Cardiff hotel – 1 night
Day 5 – Ferry to Ireland and Waterford
Take in the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard. Take a ferry across the Irish Sea to Rosslare, Ireland and travel to Waterford, your home for the night.
Accommodation: Waterford hotel – 1 night
Day 6 – Blarney and Killarney
Begin your day with a tour at the new House of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitor’s center and a retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Next, travel to the historic Blarney Castle. Wind your way to the top of the castle, lie back and kiss the famous Blarney Stone where, legend has it, you will be blessed with the “gift of eloquence.”
Accommodation: Killarney hotel – 2 nights
Day 7 – Killarney and Ring of Kerry
Explore the Ring of Kerry where you’ll find some of Ireland’s most magical scenery. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Marvel at the vistas created by windswept cliffs, rugged mountains, lakes and picturesque villages.
Day 8 – Rock of Cashel and Dublin
Today you have a chance to talk and laugh with a local family when you visit the Molanna Dairy Farm and meet its owners. Later, journey through the Golden Vale en route to the Rock of Cashel to visit the spot where St. Patrick preached. Arrive in Dublin and check into your hotel. Tonight, attend a fun-filled Irish House Party where everyone has the opportunity to join in song and dance.
Accommodation: Centrally-located Dublin hotel – 2 nights
Day 9 – Dublin Sightseeing
A locally guided tour of Dublin highlights the Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. AAA complimentary Inclusion: Relax and enjoy lunch at Ireland’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head. Then, discover the great history and tradition of Guinness during a tour and tasting at the Guinness Storehouse. Later, enjoy leisure time to explore the city independently.
Day 10 – Ferry to Wales
Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales where you’ll pass Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the town with the longest name in the world. Visit majestic Caernarfon Castle, where Charles was crowned Prince of Wales. Then, travel through the Welsh countryside and discover some of the most fantastic scenery in all of Britain.
Accommodation: Ewloe hotel – 1 night
Day 11 – Lake District and Edinburgh
Travel north into England’s scenic Lake District to see charming Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.
Accommodation: Centrally-located Edinburgh hotel – 2 nights
Day 12 – Edinburgh Sightseeing
A locally guided tour of Edinburgh includes entrance to the famous Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish crown jewels, and the Palace of Holyrood house, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 13 – Hadrian’s Wall and York
En route to England visit Hadrian’s Wall, begun in AD 122, which served as the northern border of the Roman Empire. Continue to the historic city of York and explore its quaint narrow streets. Walk on the famous Shambles and see the magnificent 13th century Minster.
Accommodation: Centrally-located York hotel – 1 night
Day 14 – Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon
Journey to Coventry and visit its famous modern Cathedral, completely rebuilt after World War II. Next, venture to charming Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author’s wife. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Stratford hotel – 1 night
Day 15 – Travel to London and depart for home
This morning after breakfast, head back to London where your tour ends.
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