This extensive vacation covers the British Isles—Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. No other tour is as complete. Begin your trip with two overnights in London and time to explore on your own or to take an optional tour. Head to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace; enjoy a walking tour of Oxford, where Britain’s elite receive their education; and via the exquisite Cotswolds to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and Lady Godiva’s Coventry. Continue on to York, England’s most complete medieval city, for a walking tour with your Tour Director. See a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes, and enter Scotland for two overnights in regal Edinburgh. In the Scottish capital, your tour includes a visit to mighty Edinburgh Castle. On to St. Andrews, home of golf, and via Dundee and Perth to the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Then cross the battlefield of Culloden Moor on the way to your Highland destination. Enjoy an excursion to the spectacular west coast of Scotland, then arrive on the beautiful Isle of Skye. Scenic highlights await you on the way to Glasgow, and an orientation drive acquaints you with the major attractions. Ferry to Belfast in Northern Ireland and visit remarkable Giant’s Causeway on the way to Derry. Travel south to Galway before visiting the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher; and drink in the scenery on the Dingle Peninsula and along the gorgeous “Ring of Kerry.” Visit popular Killarney; Blarney, known for its “Stone of Eloquence;” and Waterford, famous for its crystal. Stop at Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca and enjoy Glendalough with its ruins of St. Kevin’s Centre of Irish Christianity. In Dublin, Ireland’s capital, an orientation drive shows you the sites. Then, ferry back across the Irish Sea to Holyhead and travel south through scenic Wales with stops in Wrexham and Cardiff. Return to England and explore elegant Georgian Bath, famous for its Roman ruins. Hear about King Arthur in Glastonbury, stop in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, and in Plymouth, see where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked on their monumental journey in 1620. Also see St. Michael’s Mount and Land’s End on the way to the seaside town of St. Ives. Experience mysterious Stonehenge, overnight in Brighton, and take a break in Royal Tunbridge Wells before returning to London for the finale of your awesome adventure.
Inside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Hampton Court Palace Gardens, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh and Melrose, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departure numbers July 31 through August 21), St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Culloden Moor, Inverness, Strathpeffer, Ullapool, Fort William, Alloway, Giant’s Causeway, Derry, Belleek Pottery, W.B.Yeats’ burial place, Sligo, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney, Waterford, Avoca handweaving mill, Glendalough, Llangollen, Builth Wells, Bath, Glastonbury, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Plymouth, St. Ives, Stonehenge, Arundel, Brighton, Royal Tunbridge Wells; orientation drives in Glasgow, Dublin, Cardiff; walking tours in Oxford, York
LONDON Kensington Close (ST) or Novotel London West (F)COVENTRY Hinckley Island (F) at HinckleyNEWCASTLE Jurys Inn (F)EDINBURGH Capital (F) or Kings Manor (ST)STRATHPEFFER Ben Wyvis (ST)GLASGOW Pond (F)BELFAST Jurys Inn (F)SLIGO Southern (F)ENNIS Auburn Lodge (ST)KILLARNEY Holiday Inn (F)TRAMORE Majestic (ST)DUBLIN Jurys Inn Custom House (F)WREXHAM Ramada Plaza (F)CARDIFF Novotel (F)PLYMOUTH Jurys Inn (F)BRIGHTON Jurys Inn (F)
Full English breakfast daily; 10 three-course dinners with choice of menus
Transportation: Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Isle of Skye ferry; round-trip Irish Sea crossings by day ferry; ferry across the Shannon estuary