14-Nights Highlights Of Britain & Ireland
On this Britain and Ireland tour, you’ll see Britain’s & Ireland’s highlights- from the bustling cities to the small towns and from the magnificent palaces and castles to the ancient ruins. Traveling through the lands of queens, kings, and leprechauns, begin and end in London and pass through Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England. You’ll visit some of the splendid castles and palaces for which Britain and Ireland are famous. At Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace enjoy a walking tour through the breathtaking gardens featuring sparkling fountains and magnificent flower displays. You’ll stroll through the gardens and tour Malahide Castle, one of the oldest castles in Ireland and home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. In Edinburgh visit Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels, and Holyrood Palace, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Finally, enjoy a tour through majestic Blenheim Palace, built in the early 18th century and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Globus has even included a special treat here-a glass of champagne while overlooking the Water Terraces, part of the formal gardens. On this tour through Britain and Ireland, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing in many of the cities with Local Guides-experts from the area who will give you in-depth, insider knowledge of the cities and their attractions. In London, your sightseeing includes a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral; in Belfast, a "Living History" tour will show you the city’s famous landmarks; and in Edinburgh your sightseeing includes both the "New Town" and "Old Town." All of this-and much more, including a visit to prehistoric Stonehenge-are included on this fabulous Britain and Ireland tour.
LONDON Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral & see the Changing of the Guard, if heldHAMPTON COURTA special walking tour through the palace’s ornamental gardensSTONEHENGE Visit the prehistoric monumentBATH Visit the Roman relics NEWPORT Welcome dinnerCARDIFF Orientation driveFISHGUARD-ROSSLARECross St. George’s Channel by ferryWATERFORD [LF] Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal BLARNEY Visit the famous villageKILLARNEY Visit the popular resort townRING OF KERRYScenic peninsula driveADARE Admire the thatched cottagesKILDARE Guided tour of the Irish National StudDUBLIN Orientation driveMALAHIDE Guided tour of Malahide CastleBELFAST Visit the Titanic Exhibition; ; enjoy [LF] tea and a tray bake at Bistro 401; guided "Living History" tour;BELFAST-CAIRNRYANCross the North Channel by ferryEDINBURGH Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood PalaceYORK Walking tour, visit York Minster STRATFORD-UPON-AVONTake pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplaceBLENHEIM Guided tour of the palace, [LF] enjoy a glass of champagne
14 nights from $3359 per person
London is undoubtedly one of the world's finest cities. In addition to numerous monuments from its more glorious past, London is equally well-known for its pageantry and tradition. London has something for everyone - wide boulevards buzzing with excitement far into the night, quiet squares and explorable alleyways. Visit this famous city's parks, museums, galleries, monuments, abbeys and churches, skyscrapers and ruins, Georgian squares. Take in such events as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower, or the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or even one of the many theatrical productions. Some of the most exclusive shops are found along Oxford, Bond and Regent Streets. An old favorite and one of the world's premier institutions is Harrods - offering everything from Chanel suits and sliced salmon to caviar and even pets.
Dublin enjoys one of the loveliest natural settings in Europe. Dublin attracts visitors from around the world with its old world charm and friendly atmosphere. Most of the architecture dates from the 18th century, when Dublin enjoyed great prominence and prosperity. Also of interest are stately Georgian houses which front Merrion Square. O'Connell Street is considered the commercial center of Dublin. Perhaps the most memorable feature of Dublin is the traditional pub, where visitors can enjoy conversation over fine Irish brew. The city also offers many fine parks, including St. Stephen's Green and Phoenix Park. National Gallery's renowned collection includes works by such famous masters as Rembrandt and Monet. Trinity College's Old Library is home to the most cherished treasure, the Book of Kells, a manuscript of the Gospels. Admire Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Enjoy the exhibits in impressive National Museum. Self-guided walking tours include Old City Trail, Georgian Heritage Trail and the Cultural Trail.
Nestled in southeast Ireland, Waterford combines low farmland and sandy coastlines with rugged landscape typical of County Cork. The town is an ancient Viking settlement whose roots go back to the 8th century. Even today there is a medieval feel about Waterford with its ancient fortifications, 18th century cathedrals, and fine Georgian houses, particularly around The Mall, George's Street and O'Connell Street. While the town is charming, it regained world recognition with the re-opening of the crystal factory offering once again the famous, exquisite glassware of the town's name. Take a walking tour of Historic Waterford to get an understanding of Waterford's complex history. The 70-foot Reginald's Tower was built in the 11th century. Climb the stone spiral staircase for a great view of the city. The ruins of French Church are part of a Dominican monastery built in 1240 AD given to Huguenot refugees in the 17th century. The Theater Royal and City Hall are considered architectural masterpieces by John Roberts.
Explore 2000 years of history in the street, buildings and museums that chronicle York's outstanding beauty and vibrant heritage. Witness the beauty of Yorkshire with ease. The city's night clubs, themed pubs and restaurant offer a variety of activities and York has major events for cultural events and conferences. Visit the famous York Minster, award-winning Jorvik Viking Centre, National Railway Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Castle Museum. York offers a unique shopping experience and a lesson in history. Shop Victorian in Swinegate Walk and be entertained by street performers in Coppergate.
Belfast is popular with travelers who come to discover the city’s physical beauty and renewed tranquility. Enjoy performances at the Grand Opera House, shopping along trendy Donegall Place and visiting numerous pubs along The Golden Mile. St. Anne’s Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, is the principal church of the Anglican Church of Ireland and contains stones from every county in Ireland. Located next to Europa Hotel, the Grand Opera House boasts an impressive mix of large productions of opera, ballet, musicals and drama. Known as the Big Ben of Belfast, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower was built in 1869 to commemorate the Prince Consort. Built in 1849 as one of Queen Victoria’s colleges, Queens University is one of the foremost universities in the British Isles. The classical-style building of Stormont, erected in 1928-32 to house the Parliament of Northern Ireland, stands 3.5 miles outside the city. The Prince of Wales Avenue is exactly one mile long and is bordered by rose beds containing 600 of the famous Korona roses noted for their scarlet blooms.
Dominated by the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, this picturesque city offers shopping on Princes Street, the grandeur of the Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral and historic Palace of Holyrood House, where Queen Mary lived and many Scottish kings were wed. Or venture across the moors to marvel at the scenic Highlands.
Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, Stratford is one of the most important tourist destinations in England. Using Stratford as a base, you can enjoy the delights not only of Shakespeare's hometown, but also the nearby surrounding shire counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
Developed by Lord Kenmare as a tourist town in the 18th century, Killarney is now the major tourist centre and accommodation base in Kerry. It is the centre for the Ring of Kerry tour, the focal point for the Killarney National Park and the Kerry Way Walking Trail.
Newport is located 12 miles east of Cardiff on the River Usk and serves as a convenient base for exploring southeast Wales. This historic Celtic settlement offers museums, shopping arcades, restaurants and pubs, outdoor activities and a lively night life. Newport Cathedral of St. Woolos, dating back to the 5th century, is a highlight not to be missed.
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