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  • Summary & Highlights

     

     

    You can save hundreds per couple in comparison with other tour operators.

    Why choose CIE Tours for Ireland & Britain?

    82 Years of Experience

    Over 40 Coach Tours

    Itineraries 5-16 Days

    Fully Inclusive Tours

    1. Sightseeing by luxury coach
    2. Professional tour director
    3. 23 nights in hotels listed
    4. Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
    5. 17 dinners (D) including
      - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
      - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner/show
      - Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
      - 14 table d'hote dinners
    6. 1 lunch (L)
    7. Welcome get-together drink
    8. Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff and Plymouth
    9. London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit
    10. Walking tours of York, St Andrews, Derry, Galway,Waterford, Dublin’s Trinity College, Conwy and Windsor
    11. Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 7 to August 21 departures
    12. Loch Ness scenic cruise
    13. Oban Distillery whisky tasting and tour
    14. Round trip ferry transportation to Isle of Mull, between Britain and Ireland and across River Shannon
    15. “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
    16. Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
    17. Jerpoint Park Farm tea and scones
    18. Visits and admissions to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Duart Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum,Giant’s Causeway, Ulster American Folk Park, Donegal Castle, W. B. Yeats’Grave, Knock Shrine, Cliffs of Moher,Muckross House, Blarney Castle, Titanic Experience, House of Waterford Crystal, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Conwy Castle, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle
    19. Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
    20. All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
    21. Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
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  • Itinerary

    2015 Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland 24 Days / 23 Nights

    Day 1: London Arrival & Tour
    Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director and head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see the principal sights. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink and a chat about your vacation before dining in your hotel.
    (D)

    Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights
    Today schedule your London sightseeing as you wish on an open-top bus tour. You may choose to stay on the bus for the complete circuit or get off and on at various places of interest along the route. There are different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently.
    (B)

    Day 3: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & York
    Drive north through the Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. See an exhibition about his life and work and walk through the house where he was born where rooms are furnished as they would have been in his day. Continue your journey north to the medieval city of York.
    (B, D)

    Day 4: York Minster & Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    Take a walking tour around central York to see medieval streets and houses and visit the stately York Minster, renowned for its stained glass and wonderful Gothic architectural details. Travel north into Scotland and stop briefly in the Borders region in Melrose to view the ruins of the abbey. Drive to Edinburgh and dine at a Scottish Evening with bagpipes and lively music.
    (B, D)

    Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour
    Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” and the compact medieval city centered on the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and enjoy splendid views of central Edinburgh. The afternoon and evening are free for independent activities and dining. On August 7 to 21 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
    (B)

    Day 6: St Andrews & Highland Scenery
    Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university, for a walking tour around the town and visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Stop in Pitlochry and drive through the awesome Highland scenery of the Grampian Mountains on the way to your hotel in Inverness, the main market town of the region.
    (B, D)

    Day 7: Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery
    Enjoy more wonderful Highland views as you travel south. Relax on a scenic cruise of Loch Ness, Britain’s largest and deepest lake and home to the elusive monster, “Nessie”. Drive along the west coast to the town of Oban. Visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample some at the end of the tour.
    (B, D)

    Day 8: Isle of Mull & Duart Castle
    Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull, one of the Inner Hebrides. Tour many of the historic chambers of Duart Castle, home of Sir Lachlan Maclean, the present Clan Chief. Drive to the colorful town of Tobermory on the north side of the island for a look around before returning to Oban on the mainland by coach and ferry.
    (B, D)

    Day 9: Glen Coe & Rabbie Burns
    This morning bid farewell to the Highlands as you drive through Glen Coe and alongside Loch Lomond. Stop briefly in Alloway at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Continue to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. The evening is free for independent dining, either in your hotel or in one of the many restaurants very close by.
    (B)

    Day 10: Belfast & Giant’s Causeway
    Tour the highlights of Belfast to see the impressive City Hall and Victorian buildings as well as the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim and visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. The huge columns have given rise to many legends. Continue to Derry for your overnight stay.
    (B, D)

    Day 11: Ulster American Folk Park & Derry
    Drive south to visit the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh where you can see cozy cottages depicting a bygone way of life in rural Ireland with demonstrations of crafts and skills. Also see a typical sailing ship that would have transported emigrants as well as colonial American cabins. Return to Derry and join a local guide for a short walk around Derry’s medieval city walls that completely encircle the old city center. Learn about the development of the settlement throughout the centuries and right up to today.
    (B, D)

    Day 12: Donegal Castle & Yeats’ Grave
    Travel through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal town. Tour Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain. Pause at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W. B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, and again at Knock Shrine before continuing to Galway for a walking tour.
    (B, D)

    Day 13: Connemara & "The Quiet Man"
    Today explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. While visually stunning, this area is not good for farming with many tracts of bogland and sturdy sheep that wander over the hills. In Cong take a walking tour with a local guide to see locations for "The Quiet Man" movie, made in the village in 1952. Return to Galway for a panoramic drive around the city center.
    (B)

    Day 14: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
    Drive through the hills of the Burren to the coast to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet and extend for five miles above the foaming Atlantic Ocean. Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry and head to Killarney, a little town that is world-famous due to its glorious location beside lakes and mountains.
    (B, D)

    Day 15: Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs
    Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare where gaily-painted shops display flowers. After a look around journey along part of the Ring of Kerry route to view some of the spectacular mountain scenery which is all around you. Visit a farm to watch a shepherd give his trained dogs commands to round up sheep and bring them back to the pen. Just outside Killarney tour the gracious 19th century Muckross House and enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Killarney. The rest of the day is at leisure.
    (B,L)

    Day 16: Blarney Castle & Waterford
    Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” located in the battlements of the castle. Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills, which have a great selection of quality Irish-made merchandise. Then head to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience which tells about the 123 Irish people who embarked on the RMS Titanic. Continue to Waterford and after dinner take a walking tour with a local guide to learn about this 1,000-year-old port city.
    (B, D)

    Day 17: Waterford Crystal & Taylor???s Three Rock
    Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies by skilled blowers and cutters. Also view a huge selection of stemware in the showrooms. Visit a farm for tea and scones and enjoy an opportunity to talk to the owners about country life in Ireland. Travel to Dublin and check in to your hotel. In the evening dine at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub, which is followed by a lively show with songs, stories and step-dancing.
    (B, D)

    Day 18: Dublin & Book of Kells
    Spend the morning on a guided tour of Dublin to view elegant Georgian townhouses and brightly painted doors. Join a student guide on a brief walk through Trinity College’s campus to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. The afternoon is free for independent activities and dining.
    (B)

    Day 19: Ferry to Wales & Conwy
    Take a short ferry ride from Dublin to Holyhead in North Wales and drive to the town of Conwy. Tour Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I. Take a guided walk around the walled town with its quaint streets and houses and see the smallest house in Britain on the waterfront.
    (B, D)

    Day 20: Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons
    Travel through Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales and continue through the center of the country with thriving farms and towns. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. Tour Cardiff Castle and dine at a fun Welsh banquet with local entertainment.
    (B, D)

    Day 21: Roman Baths & Plymouth
    This morning head east to tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for the mineral-rich hot springs and wonderfully preserved after two millennia. Arrive in Plymouth, where Pilgrim Fathers sailed from in 1620. Today this is a vibrant waterfront city. Check in to your hotel, close to the harbor.
    (B, D)

    Day 22: Explore Cornwell & Land’s End
    Browse around the typical Cornish village of Mevagissey, a fishing village with a colorful history of boat-building and smuggling. Drive to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain. View the majestic outline of St. Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination, and return to your hotel.
    (B, D)

    Day 23: Stonehenge & Windsor Castle
    Drive to Salisbury Plain to marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor to visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. After dinner take a brief walking tour around the compact historic town.
    (B, D)

    Day 24: Tour Ends in London
    Your tour ends after breakfast.
    (B)

    B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
     

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