Britain and Ireland Explorer (Summer 2017)
About London, United Kingdom
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Stratford: Appreciate the architecture of this pretty town.
- York: See York Minster, city walls and medieval “Shambles”.
- Edinburgh: Enjoy a guided city tour down the Royal Mile past Holyrood house and over to the 18C ‘New Town'.
- St Andrews: See the university town to see the golf course.
- Loch Ness: Drive along the shores in search of the monster.
- Lake District: Visit William Wordsworth's grave in Grasmere.
- Chester: See the Cathedral, famous ‘Rows' and city walls.
- Dublin: See the Custom House, Guinness Storehouse, Phoenix Park, Dublin Castle and the Georgian townhouses.
- Cashel: See the great Rock where St Patrick preached.
- Waterford: See Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and enjoy a guided visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory and Showrooms.
- Cardiff: See the castle and Principality Stadium
- Bath: View Bath Abbey and the fine Georgian architecture.
- Scenic drives: Scottish Highlands, Grampian Mountains, Glencoe, English Lake District, Ring of Kerry, Severn Bridge.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
- Dublin: Visit the Guinness Storehouse before the crowds and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.
- Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
- Waterford: Celebrate the culmination of your tour with wine, good cheer and palate-pleasing cuisine.
- 14 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
- Stratford: Venture inside the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.
- Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
- Edinburgh: For a limited time in August, witness the breathtaking spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
- Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear tales of the infamous 'Nessie' during a private cruise.
- Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
- Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the Ring of Kerry.
- Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of eloquence.
- Bath: Visit the Roman Baths, where offerings and curses were thrown to the Roman Goddess Sulis Minerva.
- Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 5,000 years ago.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
- Bowness-on-Windermere: Nestled on the shore of England's largest lake, experience traditional country house charm at The Old England Hotel.
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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.