Go behind the scenes on an exploration of the vibrant capitals of Britain and Ireland. Visit the scenic Dingle Peninsula, dramatic Cliffs of Moher, rugged Scottish Highlands and Nessie of course, before learning about the delicate craft of Waterford crystal.
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Dining - 15 Full Breakfasts, 5 Three Course Dinners
BATH: Visit the Georgian spa town
BELLEEK: Visit the Belleek Pottery Centre
BLARNEY: Kiss the Blarney Stone
BOYLE: View the Cistercian Abbey
CARDIFF: See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
CHESTER: View the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'
CLIFFS OF MOHER: View the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition
DONEGAL: View the 15th-century castle
CULLODEN: Visit the famous battlefield
DINGLE PENINSULA: Enjoy the beautiful scenery
DUBLIN: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College
EDINBURGH: Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle
GALWAY: View Galway Cathedral
GLASGOW: View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
GLENCOE: See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping
GRETNA GREEN: Visit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754
HADRIAN’S WALL: View the remains of the Roman wall
INVERNESS: Visit the capital of the Scottish Highlands
JEDBURGH: View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins
London – Stratford Upon Avon – Bradford
Welcome to London. Your holiday starts with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. In your free time why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre for an in-depth look at the great man's life? Later arrive at your hotel in Bradford.
Bradford – York – Near Edinburgh (Airth) (2 Nights)
See the sights of York, including the Minster and picturesque 'Shambles'. Head north, stopping to view Hadrian's Wall and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, to your hotel in Airth. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included.
Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning's sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes?
Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)
Crossing into the ancient Kingdom of Fife, we head for the coastal town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Later, we stop in the town of Pitlochry before heading to your Highland hotel for a two-night stay.
Scottish Highlands Excursion
Today is dedicated to the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Visit Loch Ness, and keep a look out for the famous monster. Visit Inverness - the capital of the Highlands. Later visit the battlefield of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the English. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Scottish Highlands – Glasgow
Drive in the shadow of Ben Nevis to Fort William then follow the shores of Loch Linnhe to Glencoe - the Glen of the Weeping. Travel along the 'banks and braes of Loch Lomond' before continuing your journey to Glasgow. View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square during your orientation tour.
Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District – Haydock (Near Liverpool)
Visit Gretna Green, where eloping lovers famously went to marry. Continue south through breathtaking scenery in the English Lake District to your hotel.
Haydock (Near Liverpool) – Chester – Dublin (2 Nights)
On arrival in Chester, view the medieval city walls and the half-timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'. Later cross the Irish Sea to Dublin.
Dublin – Boyle – Donegal (2 Nights)
View the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boyle and stop at Yeats' grave in Drumcliff. Continue through lush countryside to Donegal, your home for the next two nights.
County Donegal Excursion
View the 15th-century castle this morning in Donegal town, followed by an excursion to explore the County Donegal region, famed for its rugged beauty and as part of the Wild Atlantic Way west coast touring route. Visit the Belleek Pottery centre in Northern Ireland.
Donegal – Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon
This morning, travel to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square. At the Cliffs of Moher, view the dramatic cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition. Later arrive at your hotel.
Shannon – Dingle Peninsula – Tralee
Leave Shannon and take a drive to enjoy the scenic landscape along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours. Later, arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual 'Rose of Tralee' festival and beauty pageant.
Tralee – Blarney – Waterford
Explore Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Continue through Cork to Waterford, famous for its crystal ware. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom (when open).
Waterford – Cardiff
Travel from Waterford to Rosslare, then by ferry to Wales. Arrive in Pembroke and drive on to Cardiff and see the Principality Stadium and Castle during your orientation.
Cardiff – Bath – Windsor – London
Cross the Severn Estuary to Georgian Bath. Admire the Georgian architecture and enjoy free time to visit the Roman Baths. Visit Windsor and view the castle en route to London where your amazing holiday comes to an end.
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