2020 - Essence of Britain & Ireland

11 Days/10 Nights

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theater, and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 7 - 21 departures.
  • Experience 2,000 years of history as you tour the opulence of Cardiff Castle and enjoy breakfast there. The medieval castle was lavishly transformed in the Victorian era, with marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings.

    Trip Highlights:

  • Cardiff Castle with Welsh Breakfast
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Stonehenge
  • York Minster

    Dining Experiences:

  • 10 breakfasts (B) including one at Cardiff Castle on most departures and 5 dinners (D) including an evening of dining and entertainment at the Merry Ploughboy Pub.

    Hotels:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - West End, London (1 night)
  • Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa, Cardiff (1 night)
  • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
  • North Star Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place, Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • York Marriott, York (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, London (2 nights)
  • Call (603) 524-2500 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14499226

    Tour Operator
    CIE Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2019
    Duration
    11 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1LondonLONDON TOUR & WELCOME DRINK : Tour begins at 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic drive around central London to see many famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, and the Tower of London. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before a free evening of independent dining.
    Day 2CardiffSTONEHENGE & ROMAN BATHS : Head to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to Bath for a tour of the Roman Baths, first built by the Romans 2,000 years ago around mineral-rich hot springs. In Cardiff, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
    Day 3WaterfordCARDIFF & FERRY TO WATERFORD : Visit Cardiff Castle - first inhabited in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style residence in the 19th century - where you will enjoy a traditional Welsh breakfast. Journey through the rolling, green countryside to the west coast. At Pembroke Dock, embark on an afternoon ferry crossing to Rosslare and on to Waterford. (B, D)
    Day 4DublinWATERFORD CRYSTAL & SHEEP HERDING : Start the day with a walking tour of historic Waterford. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal Guided Factory Tour. At Jerpoint Park, enjoy a sheep herding demonstration and sample scones with tea. You'll see the grave of St Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa Claus, whose remains were moved there in the 12th century. Proceed on to Dublin. In the evening, enjoy some time on your own to dine at one of Dublin's many fine pubs and restaurants. (B)
    Day 5DublinGLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM & DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING : Tour Dublin city to see the elegant Georgian squares, houses with brightly painted doorways, and the General Post Office where the 1916 Rebellion started. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland's national cemetery, a virtual who's who of modern Irish history. The afternoon and evening are free to use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour and to visit to one of Dublin's top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum or GPO Witness History. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dinner and a lively show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. (B,D)
    Day 6EdinburghFERRY TO SCOTLAND & EDINBURGH : Head to Belfast where you'll take a ferry to the Scottish port of Cairnryan and travel through green pasturelands to the central belt of Scotland. Stop en route for dinner before reaching your hotel in central Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. (B, D)
    Day 7EdinburghEDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR : Drive around central Edinburgh to see the main points of interest, including the 200-year-old "New Town" with elegant Georgian houses and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Walk along the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free to explore and dine on your own. August 7 - 21 departures will attendthe spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)
    Day 8YorkSCOTTISH BORDERS & YORK : Travel through the charming Borders region with many quaint towns, manor houses, and abbeys. Stop in Jedburgh to see the picturesque ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Continue to York for a walking tour of streets so narrow the medieval houses almost touch. Tour the stately Gothic York Minster, which dates back to the 13th century and is noted for its magnificent medieval stained-glass windows. (B, D)
    Day 9LondonSHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE & LONDON : In Stratford-upon-Avon, visit Shakespeare's birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Walk through the furnished house where he was born. Stroll around the town with its many charming black-and-white buildings. Drive through the picturesque Cotswolds to London for a free evening to explore and dine on your own. (B)
    Day 10LondonINDEPENDENT LONDON SIGHTSEEING : Enjoy a day of independent sightseeing in London on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus to tour the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different routes to choose from including 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, former home of Princess Diana. (B)
    Day 11LondonTOUR ENDS IN LONDON : Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    04/10/2020$3,249.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    04/24/2020$3,799.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    05/22/2020$3,399.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    06/05/2020$3,949.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    06/19/2020$3,399.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    07/24/2020$3,499.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    07/31/2020$3,499.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    08/07/2020$3,599.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    08/14/2020$3,599.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    08/21/2020$4,149.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    09/04/2020$3,399.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    09/11/2020$3,349.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    09/25/2020$3,899.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    10/09/2020$3,199.00* (USD) / 11 Days from London to London : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    Lodging
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - West End, London (1 night)
    Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa, Cardiff (1 night)
    Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
    North Star Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
    Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place, Edinburgh (2 nights)
    York Marriott, York (1 night)
    Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, London (2 nights)

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