British & Irish Classic
See the best of Ireland, England & Wales on this 15 day first class coach tour.
Meet your guide at Dublin Airport before we head to our hotel in Malahide for a welcome reception followed by dinner.
Dinner/Overnight—Grand Hotel, Malahide
Boyne Valley & Cooley Peninsula
Head north through the Mountains of Mourne into Saint Patrick’s Country to visit the grave of Ireland’s Patron Saint and the Saint Patrick Centre. Afterwards we drive to Strangford, where Game of Thrones is filmed, before arriving in Belfast late afternoon.
Dinner/Overnight—Europa Hotel, Belfast
Belfast & Titanic
A guided tour of Belfast City Hall is first on the agenda this morning. In the afternoon, visit the shipyard where the Titanic was built in 1909, ollowed by a tour at the Titanic Experience—recently voted Europe's top visitor attraction. The evening is free to explore the Northern capital on your own.
Overnight—Europa Hotel, Belfast
This morning we drive north via Carnlough, Glenariff and Ballycastle on the North Antrim Coast. We visit the Giant’s Causeway and then Dunluce Castle enroute to Derry. A local guide will tell the "Story of Derry" on a walking tour of this historic walled city.
Dinner/Overnight—Kee’s Hotel, Donegal
Ben Bulben & Clew Bay
We travel south thru’ Donegal and on to Belleek to visit the world famous porcelain factory. We then continue to Westport on Clew Bay.
Dinner/Overnight—Westport Coast Hotel, Westport
Enjoy a visit to Kylemore Abbey on the shores of Kylemore Lough and cross the picturesque Maam Valley. This afternoon there will be free time to explore Westport.
Overnight—Westport Coast Hotel, Westport
Galway & Cliffs of Moher
Enroute to Galway this morning we will pass thru’ the village of Cong location for the classic film ‘The Quiet Man’. Some time in Galway City before driving along the southern shores of Galway Bay, traversing the Burren region and viewing the mighty Cliffs of Moher. An optional Medieval Banquet at Knappogue Castle is on offer tonight.
Overnight—Raddison Blu Limerick
Today we bid farewell to Ireland and fly to London. 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 (NEW for 2020)
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 (NEW for 2020)
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 (NEW for 2020)
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 (NEW for 2020)
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
Your tour ends after a hearty English breakfast with a transfer to London Gatwick Airport for those guests departing today.
- Boyne Valley
- Cooley Peninsula
- Mountains of Mourne
- Glens of Antrim
- Giant's Causeway
- Kylemore Abbey
- Burren of Clare
- Cliffs of Moher
- Shakespeare's Country
- 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 in Dublin & Windsor
- 7 table d’hôte evening meals
- Welsh evening with dinner & entertainment
- Visit the top voted tourist attraction in Europe— Titanic Experience in Belfast
- Train ride on the famous Ffestiniog Railway
- Visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace
- Follow in the footsteps of the Beatles in Liverpool
- Traverse the ancient steps at the Giant's Causeway—a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Panoramic tour of Cardiff, Liverpool & Chester
- Walking tour of Derry City, York, York Minster, and Oxford
- Admissions to: Saint Patrick Visitor Centre, Belfast City Hall, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway Centre, Belleek Pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Windsor Castle, Oxford College visit, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Conwy Castle, Roman Baths
- Flight from Shannon to London
- Baggage handling charges