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British & Irish Elegance Tour (10 day/9 night or 11 day/10 night)
Your Escorted Coach Tour of Britain & Ireland Includes
11 days/10 nights/17 meals or 10 days/9 nights/16 meals
- Roundtrip group airport transfers when you book our flights - $30 per person fee applies to land only bookings
- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional tour director
- 9 or 10 nights in hotels listed
- Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
- 6 dinners (D) including
- Welcome dinner in London
- Welsh Evening in Cardiff
- Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
- Scottish evening in Edinburgh
- 2 table d'hote dinners
- Welcome get-together drink
- Tours of London, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh
- Walking tours of Waterford and York
- Round trip ferry transportation between Britain & Ireland
- Jerpoint Park Farm sheepdog trials with tea and scones
- Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 5 to 19 departures
- Dublin open-top bus tour with Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office visit
- London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit
- Visits and admissions to Stonehenge, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Cardiff Castle, House of Waterford Crystal, Glasnevin Museum, Edinburgh Castle, York Minster and Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- Headsets for walking tours
- Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
Stay at the following (or similar):
- Thistle Kensington Gardens Hotel, London (1 night)
- Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff (1 night)
- Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
- North Star Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
- Marriott Edinburgh Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)
- York Marriott, York (1 night)
- Thistle Kensington Gardens Hotel, London (1 or 2 nights)
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Titanic Belfast is an unbelievable, unmissable experience. Located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction, Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building and extending over nine galleries, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Titanic Belfast tells this world-famous story using contemporary interactive technology, special effects and even a thrilling shipyard ride where you will hear the sound of riveting and experience the smells of melting steel as you journey through what it was like to be a shipyard worker in Belfast more than 100 years ago....read more
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Dublinia Museum in Ireland is a heritage centre located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin, Irelands capital city. There are three exciting exhibitions in Dublinia and a must see for any Vacation in Ireland. Viking Dublin takes the visitor back to life in the city in Viking times. See what life was like onboard a Viking warship, visit a Viking house and take a trip down a Viking street. Investigate burial customs explore the Viking legacy and much more. Our Medieval Dublin exhibition includes a busy medieval market, a rich merchant’s house, and a noisy medieval street. Find out about death and disease and see what Medieval Dublin looked like with a fascinating scale model of the town. History Hunters brings our exhibitions full circle and shows the visitor how we know about ...read more
Belfast (from the Irish: Béal Feirste meaning "Mouth of the (River) Farset")is the capital city of Northern Ireland and the seat of devolved government and legislative assembly in Northern Ireland. It is the largest urban area in Northern Ireland and the province of Ulster, the fifteenth-largest city in the United Kingdom and the second largest city on the island of Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of disruption, conflict, and destruction called the Troubles, but latterly has undergone a return to a sustained period of calmness and growth. Originally a town in County Antrim, the county borough of Belfast was created when it was granted city status by Queen Victoria in 1888. The name, Belfast, is the anglicised version of the Irish Béal Feirste, which ...read more
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The Tower of London is an imposing fortress situated on the north bank of the River Thames in London. This historic castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1066 and it was initially a basic timber and earth structure. Around 1078 it was remodelled and the structure known as The White Tower was built....read more
Ireland was wonderful. I had a fantastic time. Even though it rained every day, it didn't dampen our spirits. It was much better than I could have imagined.
Bunratty was beautiful. Our other hotels were more than adequate. Our last hotel was gorgeous! I thought I was in Buckingham Palace. Our dinner there was a fantastic affair. It was fit for a king. They spared no expense to make our stay a more than memorable one. And the Irish Stepdancers! They were the icing on the cake.
Aer Lingus was A-1. They got us there on time with no problems, and returned us to the USA on time as well.
When I arrived at Bunratty, they were very nice. They said it was too early to go to my room, but they would do their best to get a room ready for me.
Then in the afternoon I went out and had a bite to eat at the Creamery. The food was delicious. Then I toured Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park.
I can't wait for my next trip to Ireland and I will start saving right away. I would definitely travel with you again.
Thanks again, Liz,
Joan McDermott, New York NY