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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 18 day first class coach tour.
Meet your Tour Manager at the airport to begin this memorable journey through England and North Wales. Today, we travel to Cambridge – our first of 6 Heritage Cities, to learn about the history, culture and the world-changing discoveries that makes Cambridge home to more Nobel Prize winners than any other city. Enjoy a ‘Punt’ along the River Cam, a long, wooden boat which glides through water, steered by a metal pole. Punting dates back as far as medieval times – these days they’re just for fun in Cambridge. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner/ Overnight – Clayton Hotel, Cambridge
Leaving Cambridge we head north to another Heritage city, York. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful & historic walled city. Look up and be awestruck by the ‘Heart of Yorkshire’, York Minster Cathedral with its stunning Gothic architecture. Meander through the cobbled streets and overhanging buildings that frame York Shambles, one of England's most iconic shopping destinations. You will then have free time to discover all the city has to offer, including dungeons, Viking museums and artisan shops & markets. Tonight, we enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Dinner/ Overnight – The Grand Hotel, York
The North York Moors is a special place, forged by nature, shaped over generations – where peace and beauty rub shoulders with a rich history and a warm welcome. We travel to the coastal town of Whitby. Here there are many visitor attractions that are connected to the town's fascinating past, such as the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, where you can learn about the famous explorer's life in the port town, or you may want to visit the Dracula Experience on the seafront. We enjoy lunch today at one of the ‘must’ have fish & chip spots in the North of England. Afterwards, we board the infamous North York Moor Rail and experience the age of steam as we sit back and enjoy beautiful vistas of the North York Moors National Park. Tonight is a free evening to explore the bars & restaurants in the city.
Overnight – The Grand Hotel, York
Liverpool & Chester
This morning, we head west to Liverpool, a UNESCO City of Music. We meet our local guide, who will show us the origins of the greatest band in the world and the legacy the Beatles left behind in Liverpool. See iconic locations from the band’s story including their childhood homes, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Next we visit the historic Royal Albert Dock, where we have an included entrance to The Beatles Story. We then make our way to Chester, where we spend the next 2 nights. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Dinner/ Overnight – The Queen Hotel, Chester
Llandudno & Llangollen
Today we cross the border into beautiful North Wales. Our day starts at the Victorian seaside town, Llandudno, renowned for its sweeping bay and Victorian era architecture. Here you will have free time to enjoy the quirky shops or perhaps stroll along the seafront promenade. Next, we make our way to the picturesque Llangollen Wharf, where we board our canal boat, the Thomas Telford. Enjoy peaceful cruising through the stunning Dee Valley, which has rightfully been awarded World Heritage Status, whilst live commentary from your skipper gives you the history, local knowledge and up to date gossip along the way. During our cruise we are served a delicious Afternoon Tea. This evening is at leisure.
Overnight – The Queen Hotel, Chester
Snowdonia is home to breathtaking peaks, spectacular lakes, rich history and a vibrant and unique culture. We have a leisurely day meandering through the scenic area and small villages that make this part of Wales a must see for all visitors. We will travel through Snowdonia National Park, seeing Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, and visiting quaint villages along the way. After dinner we will travel by coach to a very special Male Choir Rehearsal – this will be a most memorable evening.
Overnight – The Queen Hotel, Chester
Stratford Upon Avon
This morning, we travel south to Warwickshire, and the historic city of Stratford Upon Avon. We start with a walking tour which introduces us to more than 800 years of history, seeing many buildings that have stood the test of time and would have been familiar to Shakespeare himself. We visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall, where we are immersed into 16th century Stratford and sit in the very room that he sat as a pupil in the 1570’s. Then we enjoy an informative gin tasting, by Shakespeare Distillery, in beautiful and opulent surroundings. Discover the fascinating history of gin together with an insight into how the spirit is made. This is followed by a tasting of 3 Shakespeare Distillery spirits. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.
Dinner/ Overnight – Hotel Indigo, Stratford Upon Avon
Our day is spent in the county of Somerset, with a visit to the beautiful city of Bath. Here we have a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, travelling centuries in just a few steps, as you see the Roman Baths, dating back to 69AD, the Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge. Afterwards, enjoy a tour of Bath Abbey, with magnificent stained-glass windows, columns of honey-gold stone and some of the finest fan vaulting in the world. This all creates an extraordinary experience of light and space. Tonight, Stratford is yours to explore at leisure.
Overnight – Hotel Indigo, Stratford Upon Avon
Cotswolds & Oxford
Making our way through the Cotswolds, we will stop in one of the quintessentially English villages of honey-coloured stone, before reaching the lovely city of Oxford. The City of Dreaming Spires, here you will have free time to explore the city on your own. You may want to visit the University and the Bodleian Library or look for that perfect keepsake in one of the many independent shops. Later we arrive in the nation’s capital, London. Here we spend our final 2 nights at The Riu Plaza. Tonight is at leisure.
Overnight – Riu Plaza, London
The full day is yours to explore all London has to offer using your Hop On/Hop Off pass. Check out the famous streets, squares, magnificent buildings, beautiful parks & great shopping. Tonight is at leisure, where you have the chance to explore some of London’s famous pubs & restaurants.
Overnight – Riu Plaza, London
London to Dublin
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.
Lunch/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.
Dinner/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 defense fortress in the 18th & 19th centuries and later converted into a prison in the 20th century.
Overnight—Metropole Hotel, Cork
Killarney & Ring of Kerry
Bidding farewell to Cork City we travel into County Kerry 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, you will enjoy a farewell dinner with some lively Irish entertainment.
Dinner/Overnight—Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Your tour ends after a final hearty Irish breakfast in your Dublin hotel. Please inquire about departure transfers.
- North York Moors
- Stratford Upon Avon
- Shakespeare Country
- spike Island
- Spanish Point
- Transportation throughout by modern touring coach
- Services of an experienced driver & local touring guide
- 17 nights accommodation in first class hotels
- Full breakfast daily
- Welcome drink on arrival
- 7 Evening meals
- Traditional Fish & Chip lunch in Whitby
- Lunch at a traditional Irish pub in Wicklow
- Farewell Irish evening with dinner & entertainment
- “Punting” boat trip along River Cam
- North York Moors Rail Journey
- Afternoon tea served aboard a canal cruise
- Welsh Male Choir Rehearsal experience
- Panoramic tours of: Bath & Oxford
- Exclusive walking tours with specialized local guides in: York, Liverpool, Stratford Upon Avon
- Unforgettable cruise along the shores of the Cliffs of Moher with stunning views
- Tour & tasting at Kilbeggan Distillery, Ireland's oldest licensed distillery
- Admissions to: Beatles Story, Judith Gin Distillery, Bath Abbey, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall, Titanic Experience Cobh, Dunbrody Famine Ship, and Spike Island
- Hop on / Hop off Sightseeing in London and Dublin
- One-way flight from London to Dublin
- Baggage handling charges