From the Shannon to the Thames

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Beloved music, literature, and poetry; lively traditions, customs, and conversation; smooth Guinness, whisky, and ale—they all flow from the banks of one legendary river to another on this immersive tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England. From the ancient villages along the Shannon to the cathedrals and castles lining the Thames, this tour of Ireland and Brit...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Limerick : Welcome dinner
    • Cliffs of moher : Savor the spectacular views
    • Galway: Orientation
    • Rathbaun farm: See the farmer at work and enjoy traditional tea in the farmhouse
    • Adare : Admire the thatched cottages
    • Ring of kerry : Scenic peninsula drive
    • Blarney : Visit the famous village
    • Dublin : Orientation drive
    • County antrim: Visit Giant’s Causeway
    • Belfast : Visit the Titanic Experience

What's this trip about?

    Beloved music, literature, and poetry; lively traditions, customs, and conversation; smooth Guinness, whisky, and ale—they all flow from the banks of one legendary river to another on this immersive tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England. From the ancient villages along the Shannon to the cathedrals and castles lining the Thames, this tour of Ireland and Britain invites you to splash about in four distinctive countries and cultures. Enjoy traditional tea at a 150-year-old Irish farmhouse, follow the sounds of haunting bagpipes in Edinburgh’s quirky quarters, and quote famous verse as you stroll around Shakespeare’s birthplace in the English countryside. With a compass pointed toward enlightenment and enchantment, this vacation to Ireland and Britain is overflowing with seaside scenery, Highland history, and cobblestone charisma.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City SHANNON, IRELAND–LIMERICK
End CityLONDON

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • United Kingdom
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Ireland

Attractions

  • Bath
  • Belfast
  • Britain
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh
  • Galway
  • London
  • Stonehenge
  • York

Activities

  • Culture

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN SHANNON, IRELAND–LIMERICK

Céad mile fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! This evening, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Day 2: LIMERICK. EXCURSION TO CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY

Seacliff Rocks & Sheep Flocks CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit the 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. GALWAY Free time. RATHBAUN [LF] Watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with a help of a sheep dog, and enjoy traditional tea at Rathbaun Farm. (Brea...

Day 3: LIMERICK–ADARE–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY

Beauties in Counties Clare & Kerry ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its pretty thatched cottages. RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland’s spectacular southwestern peninsula. KILLARNEY Free time. (Breakfast,Dinner) 157 mi / 253 km

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Day 4: KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–CAHIR–DUBLIN

The Stone of Eloquence BLARNEY Visit the village renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. CAHIR Photo stop. DUBLIN Free time this afternoon. (Breakfast) 225 mi / 360 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT LEGENDS & LORE Cut the blarney and hear the history of how telling tales ...

Day 5: DUBLIN

Ireland’s Capital City DUBLIN Take a morning orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time this afternoon. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pre...

Day 6: DUBLIN–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, NORTHERN IRELAND–BELFAST

A Grand Ship & Giant Steps GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions of years ago. BELFAST Visit the Titanic Belfast Experience. (Breakfast) 216 mi / 348 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT LEGENDS & LORE Follow in the legendary fo...

Day 7: BELFAST–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Strait to Scotland BELFAST Ferry crossing on the North Channel strait to Cairnryan on Scotland’s southwest coast. Continue with a scenic drive through Scottish border country to Edinburgh. (Breakfast) 132 mi / 212 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT EPIC RIDE The North Channel (...

Day 8: EDINBURGH

Drummers, Pipers & Precious Jewels EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time this afternoon. EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renow...

Day 9: EDINBURGH–ALNWICK, ENGLAND–YORK

Lights, Camera, Alnwick! ALNWICK Visit Alnwick Castle, setting for many film productions. Choose between a tour of the castle or taking a stroll through the magnificent Alnwick Gardens. YORK See York Minster and browse the shops of The Shambles. (Breakfast) 243 mi / 3...

Day 10: YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–BATH

Sonnets & Springs STRATFORD-UPON-AVON See Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. BATH Visit the excavations of the Roman Baths. (Breakfast,Dinner) 286 mi / 460 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURAL GEMS The traditions of one ancient Roman ritual a...

Day 11: BATH–STONEHENGE–LONDON

Mysterious Monuments STONEHENGE Visit the prehistoric monument. (Breakfast) 131 mi / 210 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORY & MYSTERY Ponder the who, what, why, and how of Stonehenge, one of the most impressive prehistoric megalithic monuments in the world. Its shee...

Day 12: LONDON

The Royal Treatment LONDON Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Free time this afternoon. (Breakfast)

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Day 13: LONDON

Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Limerick Strand HotelA unique and individual hotel with an exceptional location on the Shannon. The award-winning River Restaurant and welcoming Terrace Bar &amp; Café serve the finest quality of Irish and international cuisine, created with locally sourced produce. The Energize Health Centre features a 20-meter swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, state-of-the-art exercise and high-performance cardo &amp; weights machines as well as a plunge pool and hydrotherapy facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.LimerickIrelandEnnis RoadKillarney Towers HotelKillarney Towers Hotel offers spacious and bright rooms, designed, furnished and decorated with comfort and convenience in mind. The hotel boasts restaurants, bars, a concierge service and on-site fitness facilities.KillarneyIrelandCollege SquareThe GibsonThe Gibson does sleeping, dining, imbibing, and relaxing really well. The chic restaurant and bar offers pan-Asian cuisine; or choose the sleek outdoor terrace lined with bamboo to enjoy wicked cocktails and a great choice of beers and wines. The gym and a relaxation area with outdoor baths invite you to relax after a day out in town. DublinIrelandPoint VillageThe Clayton Hotel BelfastStep straight out of the Clayton Hotel and into the heart of Belfast's city center; you'll find it minutes from central landmarks like Belfast City Hall and Victoria Square shopping center. You can watch the world go by on cosmopolitan Ormeau Avenue as you dine in the hotel's glass-fronted restaurant, enjoy a drink in Junction Bar, or retreat in the Spirit Heath &amp; Beauty Club, an oasis with its own heated pool and Fitness Centre. The air-conditioned bedrooms feature satellite TV, free Wi-Fi access, work desk, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and tea/coffee making facilities.BelfastIreland22-26 Ormeau AvenueMarriott CourtyardCourtyard by Marriott Edinburgh is the newest edition to the Scottish capital, combining heritage and style with an innovative design and locally inspired furnishings. The hotel has a prime location, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street and Waverley Station. Spacious, modern hotel rooms include quality amenities, such as a selection of in-room entertainment, plush bedding, and a work desk. Meals are served in The Lantern Room and the lobby offers an innovative and sophisticated space for working and relaxing. EdinburghUnited Kingdom1 - 3 Baxter's PlaceDoubleTree by Hilton YorkThe DoubleTree by Hilton York is located in the heart of York, overlooking the City Walls and just a 5-minute walk from York Minster. Guestroom features include a 49-inch HDTV, feather duvet and pillows (hypoallergenic available on request), seating area and desk, and amenities tray with mineral water. All guestrooms are fully air-conditioned. Other guest facilities include a laptop safe and USB port. YorkUnited KingdomSt Maurices RoadDouble Tree By Hilton BathSettle into a warm, inviting guestroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bath hotel. Spoil yourself with the stunning views of the Pulteney Bridge and rolling hills.BathUnited KingdomWalcot StreetPark Plaza Westminster BridgeSituated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge places guests at the heart of central London. Dining option include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi &amp; Sashimi, 1WB Lounge &amp; Patisserie, and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness center with a 15-meter pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel.LondonUnited Kingdom200 Westminster BridgePark Plaza WaterlooThe 494-room property is situated within walking distance of top London attractions, including the London Eye, the London Dungeons and the Imperial War Museum. The Florentine Restaurant serves a Brasserie-style menu; the bar features the best of British bubbles and craft beers as well as a range of signature cocktails; and for a relaxing cup of coffee, head to the illy Caffè bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and a heated swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel.LondonUnited Kingdom6 Hercules Road,
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