2018 IRISH & BRITISH FOCUS 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin hotel. Head to EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum for a guided tour. EPIC -- The Irish Emigration Museum is an interactive experience in Dublin’s Docklands. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day. In the evening enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.
Set out on a tour of central Dublin to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral with its monuments celebrating the lives of prominent people and events. The afternoon is free for independent activities. In the evening head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner followed by a show with Irish music and dance.
Journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you cruise on Lough Corrib (Mar 29-Oct 30) enjoying unsurpassed views as you pass castles and various sites. Enjoy free time before dinner to browse the fun specialty stores, cafés and pubs.
Stop at Rathbaun Farm to watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep and then sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 200m before plunging into the Atlantic Ocean. Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney.
Take a jaunting car ride through part of the Killarney National Park to admire scenic views of Killarney’s lakes and mountains. Visit Muckross Schoolhouse for a taste of traditional Irish country life as you watch butter churning and bread making. Visit the town of Kenmare for a look around and a casual lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Enjoy a free evening back in Killarney.
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the lovely grounds. Treat yourself to Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills and then travel along the coast to Waterford. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal. After dinner, take a gentle walking tour of Waterford with a local guide to learn about the region’s history.
Embark on a ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock in South Wales. Journey through the gentle, green countryside to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Tour Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style residence in the 19th century. A fun Welsh evening with dinner and entertainment will round out your day.
Visit Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in the 18th century. Tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, well preserved after two millennia and renowned for hot springs. Head to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue into London in time for dinner.
Take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free for further exploring and dining.
Enjoy a day of further London sightseeing by open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes to choose from as well as a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner