Grand Tour of Britian & Ireland

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 director and take a panoramic tour of central London with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink and dine in your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights

Today schedule your London sightseeing as you wish on an open-top bus tour. There are different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently. (B)

Day 3: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & York

Drive north through the Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. See an exhibition about his life and work and walk through the house where he was born where rooms are furnished as they would have been in his day. Continue your journey north to the medieval city of York. (B, D)

Day 4: York Minster & Scottish Evening in Edinburgh

Take a walking tour around central York to see medieval streets and houses and visit the stately York Minster, renowned for its stained glass. Travel north and stop briefly in Melrose to view the ruins of the abbey. Drive to Edinburgh and dine at a Scottish Evening with bagpipes and lively music (B, D)

Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” and the compact medieval city centered on the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and enjoy splendid views of central Edinburgh. On Aug 05 to 19 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 6: St Andrews & Highland Scenery

Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university, for a walking tour around the town and visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Stop in Pitlochry on the way to your hotel in Inverness, in the Highlands. (B, D)

Day 7: Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery

Enjoy more wonderful Highland views as you travel south for a scenic cruise of Loch Ness. Drive along the west coast to Oban and visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample some at the end of the tour. (B, D)

Day 8: Isle of Mull & Duart Castle

Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull, one of the Inner Hebrides. Tour many of the historic chambers of Duart Castle, home of Sir Lachlan Maclean, the present Clan Chief. Drive to the colorful coastal town of Tobermory for a look around before returning to Oban by coach and ferry.   (B, D)

Day 9: Loch Lomond & Rabbie Burns

This morning bid farewell to the Highlands as you drive alongside scenic Loch Lomond. Stop briefly in Alloway at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Continue to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. (B, D)

Day 10: Belfast & Giant’s Causeway

Tour the highlights of Belfast to see the impressive City Hall and Victorian buildings. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim and visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Continue to Derry for your overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 11: Derry & Inishowen Peninsula

Start your day with a short walk around the medieval city walls of Derry. Then drive to Ireland’s northernmost peninsula of Inishowen. Enjoy plenty of coastal views as you follow the coastline and stop at Malin Head, the most northerly point. (B, D)

Day 12: Donegal Castle & Yeats’ Grave

Travel through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal town. Tour Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain. Pause at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W. B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, and again at Knock Shrine before continuing to Galway for a walking tour. (B, D)

Day 13: Connemara & "The Quiet Man"

Take a drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara and in Cong take a short walking tour to see movie locations from “The Quiet Man.” Return to Galway for a panoramic drive around the city center. (B)

Day 14: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

Drive through the Burren to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic Ocean and cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry. Stop at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel for tea with scones and head to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 15: Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs

Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare and journey along part of the Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery. Visit a farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep and tour the gracious 19th century Muckross House. Enjoy a casual lunch and the rest of the day is at leisure.(B,L) 

Day 16: Blarney Castle & Waterford

Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience which tells about the 123 Irish people who embarked on the RMS Titanic. Continue to Waterford and after dinner take a walking tour.  (B, D)

Day 17: House of Waterford Crystal & Taylor's Three Rock Pub

Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies. In New Ross tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one used during the 1840’s Famine. Travel to Dublin and dine at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub with a lively show. (B, D)

Day 18: Dublin & Book of Kells

Tour central Dublin to see the main sights. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening are free. (B)

Day 19: Ferry to Wales & Conwy

Take a short ferry ride from Dublin to Holyhead and drive to Conwy. Tour Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I. Take a guided walk around the walled town with its quaint streets and houses and see the smallest house in Britain on the waterfront. (B, D)

Day 20: Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons

Travel through Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales and continue through the center of the country with thriving farms and towns. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. Take a walking tour of central Cardiff. Visit Cardiff Castle and dine at a fun Welsh banquet there. (B, D)

Day 21: Roman Baths & Plymouth

This morning head east to tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for the mineral-rich hot springs and wonderfully preserved after two millennia. Stop in Glastonbury, associated with King Arthur tales and drive to Plymouth, where Pilgrim Fathers sailed from in 1620. Check in to your hotel, close to the harbor. (B, D)

Day 22: Explore Cornwell & Land’s End

Browse around the typical Cornish village of Mevagissey, a fishing village with a colorful history of boat-building and smuggling. Drive to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain. View the majestic outline of St. Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination, and return to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 23: Stonehenge & Windsor Castle

Drive to Salisbury Plain to marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor to visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. After dinner take a brief walking tour around the historic town. (B, D)

Day 24: Tour Ends in London

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)