Wonders of Britain and Ireland

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Inspiring tales of ancient history, monuments and magical landscapes, world-famous poets and writers. Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will surely feature a Blarney Stone kiss, swig or two of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District followed by a fitting Shakespearean ending in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • City tour in London, Dublin and Edinburgh
    • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
    • Orientation of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford
    • See the Lake District's magnificent scenery
    • View the home to Harry Potter amp; Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon
    • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, the town of Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of the famous colleges of Oxford (when open).

What's this trip about?

    Inspiring tales of ancient history, monuments and magical landscapes, world-famous poets and writers. Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will surely feature a Blarney Stone kiss, swig or two of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District followed by a fitting Shakespearean ending in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeOperator does not provide
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityLondon
End CityLondon

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • England
  • Ireland

Attractions

  • Bath
  • Cardiff
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • York

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing

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Travel Map

Day 1: Arrive London (2 Nights)

The cosmopolitan capital of London rolls out the red carpet with the pomp and pageantry you're unlikely to encounter anywhere else in the world. Spend the day ambling along its grand boulevards and past iconic sights as you familiarise yourself with the city's bustling atmosphere.

Day 2: London Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist today to explore the city's favourite landmarks. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace before spending the time at leisure to delve into the city's history, culture, art and architecture.Full Breakfast

Day 3: London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

Meet your Travel Director this morning and stop to ponder the unsolved mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge, as we drive west to Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and the Roman Baths. Crossing the Severn Estuary to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, we vie...

Day 4: Cardiff – Waterford

Explore proud Welsh traditions and legends on your full day at leisure in this modern capital. Visit the Victorian Gothic fantasy of Cardiff Castle, at the heart of the city, or delve into the city's fascinating history at the Cardiff Story Museum. We cross the Irish ...

Day 5: Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights)

Watch the master craftsmen of the renowned House of Waterford Crystal as they create delicate pieces we will admire first-hand in their workshop during a Cultural Insight. We kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab' before crossing the Kerry Mountains t...

Day 6: Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience the enduring beauty of Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula - the emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide an exquisite backdrop for our leisurely drive around what has become kn...

Day 7: Kenmare – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Celtic art and history take centre stage this morning as we visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of Irish kings for centuries. Perched atop a limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale, the historic ruins house one of the most remarkable collections of Cel...

Day 8: Dublin

Your choice of sightseeing this morning could see you beat the crowds and explore the Guinness Brewery for a tour of the Storehouse including a tasting technique demonstration. Or visit the Little Museum of Dublin, which captures the fascinating history of modern Dubl...

Day 9: Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

Admire the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to the ancient city of Chester with its characteristic Tudor Rows and medieval walls, which you will have an opportunity to see during an orientation walk. We arrive later in Liverpool, the haunt of the 'Fab Four', joining our companions for a tasty Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 10: Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

The beautiful landscape that inspired Romantic poets provides a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic drive from the lush green hills of Lancashire to the Lake District. Meandering along the shores of Windermere, England's largest lake, we arrive in Grasmere, where Will...

Day 11: Edinburgh Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist this morning for a memorable sightseeing tour of this captivating capital, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on Castle Rock. See Auld Reekie's quaint Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow...

Day 12: Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

We venture south to the medieval market town of Alnwick with its impressive castle and Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits imposingly overlooking the town's beautiful gardens. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland and the River Tyne...

Day 13: York – Stratford-upon-Avon

We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon today to see where the 'Avon Bard' was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage before we tread in the footsteps of this legendary writer, enjoying some free time in ...

Day 14: Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London

Journey to the picturesque Cotswolds this morning to the charming little churchyard at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill's grave. Arriving in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, we'll enjoy an orientation tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Ca...

Day 15: Depart London

For now, it's time to say farewell to our travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday as we prepare to return home with treasured memories.Full Breakfast

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Price From $3,550
Price per day$237
Last Updated: 8/10/2018

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Brendan Vacations is the premier Ireland and Scotland destination expert, backed by more than 50 years of planning authentic Celtic travel experiences from its office in the heart of Dublin. Guided by its mantra ‘taking you personally,’ Brendan Vacations is passionate about delivering deeply immersive, tailor-made experiences across five travel styles: fully Guided Tour packages, independent Private Chauffeur, Lux Self-Drive, Self-Drive and Locally Hosted Rail vacations. Through the warmth of Brendan Vacations’ highly personalized service, guests will stay in hand-selected accommodations - including castles and B&Bs, explore the iconic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland, and meet local people passionate about sharing their stories. Brendan Vacations is a proud member of The Travel Corporation family of brands.

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Meals Included
  • 14 full breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Brendan Vacations Local Host at your London hotel
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • VIP entry to many sights
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