British & Irish Delight

B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Day 1: London Arrival & Tour

Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour guide. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink and discuss your trip before sitting down to dinner in your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights

Today you may schedule your London sightseeing as you wish on an open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Visit either the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently. (B)

Day 3: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & York

Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work before walking through the house where he was born. 2016 commemorates 400 years since his death. Take some free time before traveling to your hotel in York. (B, D)

Day 4: Alnwick Castle & Edinburgh Evening

Take a walking tour around York to appreciate narrow streets and medieval houses and view the stately York Minster. Head north to visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England. View the lavish State Rooms with a stunning array of art, portraits and furniture. Travel through the Northumberland National Park and on to your hotel near Edinburgh in time to dine at a Scottish Evening with bagpipes and lively music in your hotel. (B, D)

Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” with spacious streets and the compact medieval city along the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. Also enjoy splendid views of central Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent activities. On Aug 07 to 21 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 6: Titanic Belfast & Ballygally Castle Stay

This morning will be an early start as you drive to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. Take a panoramic tour to see the highlights, including Victorian buildings, the impressive City Hall and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Continue to historic Ballygally Castle Hotel in time for dinner and your overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 7: Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk

Travel along the scenic coastal route of the Nine Glens of Antrim and visit the Giant's Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. The enormous rocks have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Continue to Derry for a walking tour around the medieval city walls with a local guide. Drive south to your Victorian hotel located on Dublin Bay, a few miles from the city and dine on your own this evening. (B)

Day 8: Dublin Tour & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub

This morning tour central Dublin to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Take a guided walking tour of Trinity College’s campus and view the priceless Book of Kells. The afternoon is free and enjoy dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub followed by a show with Irish music and dance. (B, D) 

Day 9: Tour Ends Dublin Airport

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)