NEW FOR 2020! Discover the best of England and Wales, and Ireland with a twist. Experience three fantastic countries & famous landmarks from castles to coastlines. Travel thru Snowdonia by rail and view the Cliffs of Moher by boat. This unique tour includes Dublin, London and Cardiff stays on this lively 15 day first class coach tour.
Upon arrival at Gatwick airport, you will be welcomed by your first class tour guide who will transfer to your luxury hotel for the first night. This afternoon you will visit Windsor Castle, a Royal Residence and the Queen’s favourite weekend retreat. In the evening you will have a welcome drink followed by welcome dinner in your hotel.
Dinner/Overnight— Harte & Garter Hotel & Spa, Windsor
Oxford & Stratford
After breakfast you will drive on to the ‘city of dreaming spires’, Oxford, where you will have a walking tour of this famous university city and visit Merton College or New College. You will then drive on to Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Here you will visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
You will also visit the Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the thatched farmhouse where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride Anne Hathaway at her picturesque family home.
Overnight— Doubletree by Hilton, Stratford-upon-Avon
After breakfast you will drive north to Yorkshire and on to York. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of this historic city, renowned for its exquisite architecture and tangle of quaint cobbled streets known as ‘The Shambles’. You will also visit the iconic York Minster, one of the great cathedrals of the world.
Dinner/Overnight—Aldwark Manor Hotel, York
Liverpool & Chester
After breakfast you will drive to Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles, where you will discover the greatness of this trading city on a panoramic tour. Liverpool was founded on the cotton and slave trade with highlights such as stunning Victorian architecture, the Northern Tate Modern Art Gallery, the famed ferry across the Mersey River and the restored Albert Docks. You will have some free time for lunch in Liverpool before driving on to visit historical Chester where your guide will give you a panoramic tour of this Roman city. You will then drive on to North Wales.
Dinner/Overnight—St. George's Hotel, Llandudno
Today enjoy a stunning visit to Snowdonia National Park. The Park is dominated by Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, and is characterized by rugged scenery and breathtaking views. Your tour will also include a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow-gauge railway which takes a scenic 13.5-mile route from Porthmadog Harbour to the mountains and slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. You will also visit Conwy Castle, a gritty dark stoned fortress commanding a rock above the Conwy Estuary.
Overnight—St. George's Hotel, Llandudno
Ludlow & Cardiff
Today you will drive to South Wales and en route will have a lunch stop and free time at the historic market town of Ludlow. Perched on a cliff above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country. The town came to existence when Ludlow Castle was started in 1086 and the medieval town walls were built shortly after. The town has over 450 listed buildings. You will then drive to the Welsh capital, Cardiff. In the evening you will attend the Spirit of Wales, an evening of Welsh culture and humour in the Welsh Millennium Centre, an iconic building in the fashionable Cardiff Bay area. After a welcome reception with Mead and Welsh nibbles, enjoy a first class meal with wine, including seasonable Welsh specialties.
Dinner / Entertainment / Overnight—New House Country Hotel, Cardiff
Bath & London
After breakfast you will drive to Bath. Here you will view the magnificent Royal Crescent, perhaps the most attractive street in the country, and visit the preserved and fascinating Roman Baths. You will then drive to London for your final night, where you can enjoy the sights in a city filled with iconic landmarks.
Overnight—Dorsett Shepherds Bush, London
England to Ireland
Today we bid farewell to England and fly to Dublin for the Ireland portion of your journey. After arrival at Dublin Airport this morning, a short drive takes us to Wicklow Town and an iconic pub for lunch and refreshments before we head off to the coastal town of Wexford.
Dinner/Overnight—Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford
Dunbrody & Cork
Follow in the footsteps of a group of Famine emigrants as you board a replica of the sailing vessel Dunbrody at the quayside in New Ross. From here we will make our way to Cork, not before stopping at the Marine bar for a live music session.
Overnight—Metropole Hotel, Cork
Cobh & Spike Island
This morning we head to the original White Star Line ticket office—the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic. We have a guided tour at the Titanic Experience. From Cobh we board a ferry for Spike Island. Recently voted "Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction," Spike Island was used as a defence fortress in the 18th & 19th centuries and later converted into a prison in the 20th century.
Dinner/Overnight—Metropole Hotel, Cork
Killarney & Ring of Kerry
Bidding farewell to Cork City we travel into West Cork and the beautiful town of Kenmare. From here we head on through Moll’s Gap and the Lakes of Killarney. After some free time in Killarney we make our way to the fishing port of Dingle, home to some of the best, freshest and tastiest seafood restaurants in Ireland.
Overnight—Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle
Cliffs of Moher
This morning we head to Tralee renowned for its Rose of Tralee festival. We then continue to the lovely village of Adare, where thatched cottages line the broad main street. From Limerick we make our way to Doolin for a cruise to experience the scale and majestic beauty of the Cliffs of Moher with a view that is truly breathtaking.
Dinner/Overnight—Armada Hotel, Spanish Point
Burren, Bogs & Bottles
After breakfast today, we head from the Burren to the bog to the bottle on our way to Dublin. During our journey through the midlands we have a tasting and tour at Kilbeggan Distillery, Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery. Here we will learn everything about making Irish Whiskey, uisce beatha—the water of life. This evening, a free night to explore the electric atmosphere in Dublin.
Overnight—Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Dublin's Fair City
The full day is yours to explore Dublin's "Fair City." Using your Hop On/Hop Off pass you can check out the famous streets, squares, magnificent buildings, beautiful parks & great shopping. Tonight, we visit the Abbey Tavern in Howth for a traditional dinner followed by some rousing Irish music and dancing.
Dinner/Overnight—Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Your tour ends after a final hearty Irish breakfast in your Dublin hotel. Please inquire about departure transfers.
- Shakespeare's Country
- spike Island
- Spanish Point
- Transportation throughout by modern touring coach
- Services of an experienced driver & local touring guide
- 14 nights accommodation in first class hotels
- Full breakfast daily
- Welcome drink on arrival
- 6 table d’hôte evening meals
- Lunch at a traditional Irish pub in Wicklow
- Welsh evening with dinner & entertainment
- Farewell Irish evening with dinner & entertainment
- Train ride on the famous Ffestiniog Railway
- Visit William Shakespeare's birthplace
- Follow in the footsteps of the Beatles in Liverpool
- Walking tours of York, York Minster and Oxford
- Panoramic tours of Cardiff, Liverpool and Chester
- Unforgettable cruise along the shores of the Cliffs of Moher with stunning views
- Tour & tasting at Kilbeggan Distillery, Ireland's oldest licensed distillery
- Hop-on/hop-off bus tour in Dublin
- Admissions to: Windsor Castle, Oxford College visit, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Conwy Castle, Roman Baths, Titanic Experience Cobh, Dunbrody Famine Ship, and Spike Island
- Flight from London to Dublin
- Baggage handling charges