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Exploring Britain & Ireland

Starting at 12,500 Vacation Club Points
15 Days | 21 Meals

Travel to some of the worlds most magnificent cities and through the magical countryside of Britain and Ireland. This comprehensive journey takes you through rolling farmland and across the Irish Sea, through England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Marvel at the mystery of Stonehenge. Celebrate Irish humor, music and dance in lively Dublin. Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare at his birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscapes in the English Lake District, Ireland’s Ring of Kerry and the valleys and mountains of North Wales. Get acquainted with Britain’s pageantry in the royal cities of Edinburgh and London.

Tour Highlights

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    Your choice of tour in Waterford.
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    Behold the magical scenery at the glorious Ring of Kerry.
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    Be inspired by the Lake District's quintessential English villages.
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    Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare's birthplace.

Itinerary

13,500 Vacation Club Points | 15 Days | 20 Meals

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Discover the true cultural treasures of Britain and Ireland on a comprehensive journey through England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in the regal city of London. A capital of culture and commerce, the city blends traditional with modern. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Today dinner will be included.

Day 3: London

Discover the pageantry of London as we join a local guide for a city tour. See Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall, Hyde Park and the Changing of the Guard* (if held) at Buckingham Palace. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city or perhaps partake in an optional excursion to Windsor Castle.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: London - Stonehenge - Bath - Cardiff

This morning’s journey takes you to Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived at the location and their purpose. Continue to the elegant Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year-old elaborate spas. Enjoy some time to stroll through Bath’s cobblestone streets and soak in its old-world atmosphere. Continue to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5: Cardiff - Ferry to Ireland - Waterford

Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour of Cardiff. Learn about the city’s deep ties to the coal industry, its connection to ancient Rome and its famous Victorian shopping arcades. Take in the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard. There, we board the ferry for Ireland, crossing the Irish Sea. Upon arrival in Rosslare, travel to charming Waterford, your home for the evening.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Waterford - Blarney - Killarney

Begin your day with a choice of two activities. You may choose to tour the House of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitor’s center and a retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Or, perhaps you will opt to enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city and immerse yourself in its rich Viking, Norman and Cromwellian history. Later, travel to historic Blarney Castle. Make your way to the top of the castle, lie back and kiss the famous Blarney Stone where, legend has it, you will be blessed with the "gift of eloquence." This evening it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

This morning step back in time and experience Ireland's most traditional mode of transport with a jaunting car ride.** Then travel along the glorious Ring of Kerry where you’ll find some of Ireland’s most magical scenery. Pause for a moment at the Gap of Dunloe to browse for traditional Irish handcrafted goods. As we continue our journey, marvel at the vistas created by windswept cliffs, rugged mountains, lakes and picturesque villages. Later you'll visit a farm to witness a demonstration of the skill of the local sheepdogs.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Killarney - Rock of Cashel - Dublin

Today we venture through the “Golden Vale” en route to the awe-inspiring Rock of Cashel. Be amazed by its imposing facade and visit the spot where St. Patrick preached. Tonight, give traditional Irish cuisine a modern twist during a cooking class and dinner at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutions. Top off the evening by making your very own Irish coffee!

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Dublin

Discover Dublin’s past and present on a locally guided tour highlighting the Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Later, experience for yourself the welcoming nature of the Irish as you set out to explore the “Fair City” on your own.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 10: Dublin - Ferry Crossing - Wales - Cheshire

Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. As you traverse northern Wales, pass Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the town with the longest name in the world. Make a stop at majestic Caernarfon Castle, where Charles was crowned Prince of Wales. Then, continue through the Welsh countryside and discover some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Britain.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 11: Cheshire - Lake District - Gretna Green, Scotland - Edinburgh

Travel north into England’s scenic Lake District. Here you’ll feel the inspirational appeal of the region’s quintessential English villages, Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital city.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 12: Edinburgh

Today it’s your choice! You may choose to get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic city tour by coach. Or, for a different perspective, perhaps you’ll opt to join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Either tour includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse***, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city independently.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 13: Edinburgh - York, England

En route to England, visit Hadrian’s Wall. Construction of this ancient structure began in A.D. 122 and since that time, it has served as the northern border of the Roman Empire. Continue to the historic city of York. Find yourself surrounded by the charms of history as you explore its quaint narrow streets. Walk on the famous “Shambles” and see the magnificent 13th-century Minster.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 14: York - Coventry - Stratford-upon-Avon

Journey to Coventry and visit its famous modern cathedral, completely rebuilt after being destroyed in World War II. Next, venture to charming Stratford-upon-Avon. Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Afterward, you may choose one of the following: tour Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife; or, perhaps you’d prefer a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. This evening we gather to say farewell to this captivating region over dinner.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 15: Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends

Depart today with many fond memories of lovely Britain and Ireland.

Today breakfast will be included.

Tour Options (USD)

Windsor Castle $55

City: London

Step into the formal world of the British Monarchy when you visit the stately and expansive Windsor Castle. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II uses Windsor as both a private home and as a Royal residence where formal duties of state are performed. Windsor’s one thousand rooms comprise the largest inhabited castle in the world. It dates back to the 1070s, when William the Conqueror built the original wooden structure, now replaced by the grand stone edifices. Explore one of Britain’s most visited historic buildings, its precincts, and the State Apartments, which house a delightful collection of Royal art treasures. Enjoy time for lunch in the quaint town of Windsor before heading back to London. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the castle that houses so much British history and lore is not to be missed!

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 15 is required.

Duration: approximately 4.5 hour(s).

Windsor Castle $55

City: London

Step into the formal world of the British Monarchy when you visit the stately and expansive Windsor Castle. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II uses Windsor as both a private home and as a Royal residence where formal duties of state are performed. Windsor’s 1,000 rooms comprise the largest inhabited castle in the world. It dates back to the 1070s, when William the Conqueror built the original wooden structure, now replaced by the grand stone edifices. Explore one of Britain’s most visited historic buildings, its precincts, and the State Apartments, which house a delightful collection of Royal art treasures. Enjoy time for lunch in the quaint town of Windsor before heading back to London. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the castle that houses so much British history and lore is not to be missed!

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 15 is required.

Duration: approximately 4.5 hour(s).

Windsor Castle $55

City: London

Step into the formal world of the British Monarchy when you visit the stately and expansive Windsor Castle. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II uses Windsor as both a private home and as a Royal residence where formal duties of state are performed. Windsor’s one thousand rooms comprise the largest inhabited castle in the world. It dates back to the 1070s, when William the Conqueror built the original wooden structure, now replaced by the grand stone edifices. Explore one of Britain’s most visited historic buildings, its precincts, and the State Apartments, which house a delightful collection of Royal art treasures. Enjoy time for lunch in the quaint town of Windsor before heading back to London. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the castle that houses so much British history and lore is not to be missed!

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 15 is required.

Duration: approximately 4.5 hour(s).

The Guinness Storehouse and Traditional Irish Night $95

City: Dublin

This culinary and cultural adventure begins at the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland's top international visitor attraction. Explore the brewing process behind this beloved beverage and learn how to pour the perfect pint. At its spectacular Gravity Bar, enjoy a sweeping 360º view of Dublin as you savor a complimentary pint. Next, come to know Ireland's famed welcoming spirit, lively music and dynamic dancing during a fun filled evening of Irish entertainment at its very best. You will become Irish for the night as you take in the local entertainment and savor some of Ireland's most traditional dishes, such as homemade soda bread and Dublin coddle. The Irish dancers will dazzle you and the traditional Irish ballads will touch your heart. This toe-tapping evening will take you on a journey that captures the true local flavor in a welcoming setting that immerses you in the magic of Irish culture that is rich in tradition and cheer.

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 4 is required.

Duration: approximately 5 hour(s).

A Scottish Night Out $95

City: Edinburgh

Join us for a rollicking evening of tastes, sights and sounds that are classically Scottish. Feast on a banquet prepared from a selection of local recipes. Your taste buds will savor the true flavor and goodness of this distinctive country. Tonight will be filled with entertainment including Highland pipers and dancers, who deliver the very best in Scottish music, song and dance. A highlight of the evening is the Ceremony of the Haggis, and, of course, you may try this national dish. Be prepared for a Scottish night of food, fun and many fond memories!

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 15 is required.

Duration: approximately 3 hour(s).

A Scottish Night Out $95

City: Edinburgh

Join us for a rollicking evening of tastes, sights and sounds that are classically Scottish. Feast on a banquet prepared from a selection of local recipes. Your taste buds will savor the true flavor and goodness of this distinctive country. Your evening will be filled with entertainment including Highland pipers and dancers, who deliver the very best in Scottish music, song and dance. A highlight of the evening is the Ceremony of the Haggis, and, of course, you may try this national dish. Be prepared for a Scottish night of food, fun and many fond memories!

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 15 is required.

Duration: approximately 3 hour(s).

A Scottish Night Out $95

City: Edinburgh

Join us for a rollicking evening of classic Scottish entertainment while dining on a banquet prepared from a selection of local recipes. Your tastebuds will savor the true flavor and goodness of this special country. The evening is full of entertainment including Highland pipers & dancers – the very best in Scottish music, song and dance. A highlight of the evening is the Ceremony of the Haggis, and, of course, you may try this national dish. Be prepared for a Scottish night of food, fun and many fond memories!

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 20 is required.

Duration: approximately 3 hour(s).

The Flavors of Yorkshire $65

City: York

Surround yourself in an old-world ambiance and the fresh flavors of Yorkshire when dining in a family owned alehouse located in the center of historic York. Begin by being treated to a tasting of five Yorkshire brews that includes a selection of ciders, lagers and ales. Then, pick your favorite to enjoy with your homemade farm-to-table dinner. You’ll delight in the personal service as you are guided through the menu featuring a variety of seasonal local dishes including the region’s famous “Yorkshire pudding.” Take this opportunity to get to know Northern England’s budding farm-to-table movement showcased during this locally inspired dining experience.

Transportation is not included

Please Note a minimum of 8 is required.

Duration: approximately 3 hour(s).

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Tour Upgrades

Order Type Description No of Nights Price (USD)
Pre Hotel Hotel: Radisson Edwardian Grafton 0 $240
Post Extension Extension: Paris Extension 3 $799
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Know Before You Go

Passport & Visa Information

Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details.

IMPORTANT

We recommend that our clients travelling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

Destination Facts & Stats

Electricity

An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.

Elevation

The highest elevation encountered on this tour is 1,500 feet.

Please Note

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Triples at Walton Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon are on request only – it may be necessary to use a double/single combination.

To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

*The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is not held every day. When it is not available, a stop will still be made at the palace. **Jaunting car ride is included, weather permitting. ***The Palace of Holyroodhouse may occasionally be closed when the Queen is in residence or for official state functions.

Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.

Air passengers will arrive and depart from London airports. On day 15, all transfers will depart from Stratford-upon-Avon for London airports. Distance to London Heathrow Airport from Stratford-upon-Avon / Warwick is approximately two hours.

On day 15, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. Return flights should not be booked prior to 11:00 a.m.

Pace

This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.