Britain and Ireland Explorer (Preview 2019)
Additional Included Highlights
- Stratford: Appreciate the architecture of this pretty town. York: See York Minster and the medieval Shambles, within the city walls. Durham: See the castle and Romanesque cathedral. Hadrian's Wall: Stop to see part of the ancient wall. St Andrews: See the very first golf course. Pitlochry: Stop in the quaint town famous for its salmon leap. Grasmere: Visit William Wordsworth’s grave in the Lake District. Loch Ness: Drive along the shores in search of the monster. Chester: See the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows. Conwy: See the castle upon the river. Holyhead: Set sail for Dublin. Dublin: See the Custom House, Dublin Castle and the Georgian townhouses. Cashel: See the Rock of Cashel where St Patrick preached. Waterford: See Reginald’s Tower and the ruined city walls. Rosslare: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea. Cardiff: See the castle and Principality Stadium. Scenic drives: Scottish Highlands, Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, English Lake District, Tipperary, Ring of Kerry, Dungarvan, Pembrokeshire, Severn Bridge, Salibury Plain.
- Waterford: Celebrate the culmination of your escorted journey with wine, good cheer and palate-pleasing cuisine.
- Dublin: Join a Guinness expert for a private tour of the Guinness Storehouse, before it is opened to the public. Learn the history and traditions behind Ireland's national drink, served around the world and enjoy a tasting.
- Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
- Dining Summary: 12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
- Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.
- Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
- Dublin: Walk with your Local Expert, through the elegant squares of this fine city to see O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle.
- Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
Top Rated Highlights
- Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
- Stratford: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
- York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
- Durham: See the castle and Romanesque cathedral.
- Hadrian's Wall: Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.
- St. Andrews Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
- Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
- Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear tales of the famous Nessie during a private cruise.
- Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
- Conwy: See the castle upon the river.
- Holyhead: Holyhead: Set sail for Dublin.
- Cashel: See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.
- Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
- Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
- Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the city walls.
- Rosslare: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
- Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
- Bath: The Roman Baths have existed for over 2,000 years and are now one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world. Learn the importance of this historic site, still used as a center for bathing and socialising.
- Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 5,000 years ago.
- Scenic Drives: Admire some of the world's most spectacular scenery as you travel through the Scottish Highlands, past the Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley and Glencoe, along Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, through the English Lake District, Tipperary, Ring of Kerry, Dungarvan, Pembrokeshire, and across Severn Bridge and Salibury Plain.
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Ireland is an island in north-western Europe which has been divided politically since 1920. Most of the island is made up of Ireland (the Republic of Ireland). The remainder is Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. An uncommon geological richness and the warming effect of the Atlantic produce an astonishing diversity of terrain on this lovely island, which is splashed throughout with lakes and primeval bogland. Ireland also adds further interest to the landscape through the sacred associations of so many of its physical features.
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west and the North Sea to the east, with the English Channel to the south separating it from continental Europe. Most of England comprises the central and southern part of the island of Great Britain in the North Atlantic. The country also includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.