Highlights of England, Scotland, and Ireland

with London extension
Sep 9-20, 2019 / 12 DAYS

Explore Great Britain and Ireland's emerald landscapes and cultural hubs.

Embark on a guided tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland, which will take you from cosmopolitan London to the medieval city of Edinburgh. Then, pass …

Your package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • 1 train ride
  • 2 ferry transfer

Included highlights

Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Edinburgh Castle, local pub culture, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Ring of Ke…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for at least 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hill…

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Sep 09: Travel to London, England

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 10: Arrival in London

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to England! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Sep 11: Guided tour of London

Included meals: Breakfast

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.  • Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill • See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and funerals • View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London • Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard  Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

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Windsor Castle
5 hours
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Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided tour of the world’s largest and longest-inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary. Additionally, St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays.5 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Edinburgh / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 12: Travel to Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey by train through the English countryside and past the lochs and hills of Scotland. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital.  (Please note: Travelers may need to handle their own luggage on the train.) Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group in Edinburgh.

Sep 13: Guided tour of Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert. • View the elegant Georgian-style New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites • Pass the Sir Walter Scott Monument, the largest monument to a writer in the world  • Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone  Spend a free afternoon exploring Edinburgh on your own or add an excursion.

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Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey
5 hours
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Travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford, where you’ll enjoy an included lunch. Continue on to Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott. The poet designed his home in the Romantic style to imitate the elaborate baronial estates of British aristocrats. Today it serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artifacts that Scott collected throughout his lifetime. Later, visit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys.5 hours and departs in the afternoon with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Liverpool / 1 NIGHT

Sep 14: Travel to Liverpool via the Lake District

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the emerald green landscapes of the Lake District en route to Liverpool, England, taking in picturesque views of farmland, forests, hills, and brooks as you go.

Dublin / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 15: Travel to Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through northern Wales to Holyhead, where you’ll board a high-speed ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Later, enjoy a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

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Dublin Home-hosted Dinner
3 hours
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Join a local at their home in Dublin to enjoy traditional dishes and dine like a true Dubliner. During this dinner, you’ll receive an authentic understanding of your host’s day-to-day life while learning about Irish culture and traditions from a new perspective.3 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Sep 16: Guided tour of Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way. • Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and pass by the Guinness Brewery  • Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church  • Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square as you go  • See Trinity College and walk past Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue, ending in the Temple Bar district  Enjoy a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

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Traditional Irish Dinner & Show
5 hours
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Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music, and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night. Please note: The specific venue and day of the week for this excursion may change due to availability. This excursion is seasonal and runs from April through October.5 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

County Kerry / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 17: Travel to County Kerry via Blarney

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue your journey through the Emerald Isle today.   • Make a photo stop at the famed Rock of Cashel • Enter Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone  This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Sep 18: Guided tour of the Ring of Kerry

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out on the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. • Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney and gaze across Dingle Bay • Enjoy unsurpassable views of mountains, beaches, and the Atlantic Ocean • Visit the picturesque village of Sneem, "The Knot in the Ring”

Limerick / 1 NIGHT

Sep 19: Travel to Limerick via the Cliffs of Moher

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take in some of Ireland's most stunning scenery as you make your way to Limerick today.  • Transfer to the town of Tarbert and board a ferry to County Clare • Marvel at mesmerizing coastline at the Cliffs of Moher  Continue on to Limerick and relive memories of your tour during this evening’s farewell dinner.

Sep 20: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Shannon airport for your flight home.

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London / 3 NIGHTS

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods, and an unconquered heritage with more than 2,000 years of history.

Sep 07: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

Sep 08: Arrival in London

Welcome to England! Today is free for you to begin your discoveries in London. This evening, gather with your group for a welcome drink and get to know your fellow travelers.

Sep 09: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in London or add an excursion.

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St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey
5 hours
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Compare and contrast two of Britain’s most famous churches, whose rich histories provide an unparalleled look into the country’s past. First, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the second-largest church building in the United Kingdom and seat of the Bishop of London. This English Baroque-style cathedral is globally renowned for its magnificent dome and glittering mosaics. Continue on to Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church located near the Houses of Parliament. Since 1066, every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, has taken place at Westminster Abbey. The Abbey also serves as the burial ground for Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton.5 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Sep 10: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Meet up with the rest of your tour group today (day 2 of the regular itinerary).

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