Join us on this 33 day tour throughout “England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Republic of Ireland” starting in Coventry and visiting York, Lake District, Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Killarney, Waterford, Cardiff, Cornwall, Portsmouth and finishing with 5 nights in London, this trip is jam packed with historic sites, medieval castles, beautiful palaces and gardens and so much more.
Depart Australia for Birmingham, England via Dubai.
Transit in Dubai for onward flight to Birmingham. Transfer by coach to Coventry. Guided tour Coventry Cathedral and surrounds.
After breakfast a full day excursion to Shakespeare’s Stratford as well as the Norman era Warwick Castle. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travellers. (B,D)
We depart today for York visiting Chatsworth House and Gardens en-route. (B)
First up you will explore ancient York visiting York Minster, explore the Shambles and perhaps visit the Jarvis Viking Centre and Castle Museum. (B)
This morning you will journey from York to the Lake District in Cumbria. A popular haunt for Britain’s best loved artists and poets, the Lake District really is a jewel in the English crown. Lofty peaks, idyllic villages, tranquil lakes and award winning gardens confirm why the Lake District is often referred to as the ‘most beautiful corner of England’. This afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure. (B)
On route to Edinburgh we visit Chester’s Roman Fort and discover the best visible remains of a cavalry fort in Britain. The fort was built to guard the Roman bridge carrying Hadrians Wall over the River North Tyne. Edinburgh is one of the worlds’ finest cities. Its magnificent architecture shifts from the lofty buildings of its medieval Old Town, as they tumble down the Royal Mile to the graceful houses of the Georgian New Town. This afternoon you will enjoy an orientation tour of this historic city. (B,D)
This morning you will visit Edinburgh Castle, the medieval fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
This morning you will head northwards to the Scottish Highlands. On the way you will stop at the tempting House of Bruar. Later you will visit Urquhart Castle situated strategically on a natural trade route. Overnight at Loch Ness. (B,D)
There is another day of stunning highland scenery today as you travel via Fort Williams to the evocative Loch Lomond. There will be ample opportunity for photo taking and exploring. (B,D)
A fast ferry will cover the distance between Scotland and Northern Ireland so as to allow you to enjoy a guided tour of the capital of this region, Belfast, before checking into your hotel. (B,D)
Today you’ll join your local guide for a city tour and later a visit to Titanic Belfast, a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage where RMS Titanic was built. (B)
This morning you will join an excursion to the Antrim Coast. Here you will visit the most famous natural wonder of Ireland and a UNESCO World Heritage site – The Giant's Causeway. Legend has it that it was built by a Giant! Later, the more adventurous in the group will dare to cross over the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge. (B)
The drive from Northern to Southern Ireland will take you through the Boyne Valley where some of the oldest burial sites in this part of Europe are to be found. They are 500 years older than the pyramids and 1000 years earlier than Stonehenge. Here you will visit the one of the best examples of a 'passage tomb' in Europe. (B)
Today you will be taken on a panoramic sightseeing tour of lively Dublin. Your tour will include a visit to Trinity College to view the Book of Kells and the magnificent Library. The afternoon is at leisure for further exploring. In the evening it's all about Irish fun. Enjoy the craic at a Highlight Evening including dinner and Irish entertainment! (B,D)
Depart for Galway, via Clonmacnoise, one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. St. Ciaran founded this great monastery in 548-9. In Galway enjoy a panoramic City Tour that will include St. Nicholas Church, Old Quays and the Claddagh. (B)
Depart for a full day tour of Connemara, land of lakes and rivers and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language. Connemara is a vast peninsular bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south – a land characteristic for its stone walls and thatched cottages. On the northern side the land is harsh and secluded, with views of the Ocean and the fjord of Killary Harbour, this nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in Western Ireland. Here you will board your vessel for a scenic cruise. (B)
Depart for Kerry by driving through The Burren region, which forms 100 square kilometres of National Park. Also on route, stop at the Cliffs of Moher, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Standing 230 metres above the sea at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views of Ireland. Continue to Killarney. (B)
Depart for the Ring of Kerry tour, which will include the Ivreagh Peninsula. You take in the spectacular scenery, mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as you travel along the coast road. (B)
Depart for Waterford via Macroom. Visit Blarney Castle one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles. It is famous for its Blarney stone – the Stone of Eloquence, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Spend some time shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. Continue to Waterford where you will visit the city & the Waterford Crystal visitor centre. (B)
You will be transferred to Rosslare for the ferry crossing as a foot passenger to Pembroke. Here you will transfer to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. It is a vibrant city with world class attractions, a thriving cultural scene and a diverse mix of entertainment and restaurants.(B)
Join in on an orientation tour of the capital city of Wales. Once the world's principal coal port Cardiff today has a wealth of sites to visit as you would expect to find in a cosmopolitan city. The sightseeing tour will include a visit to the Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans. (B)
Board the coach for the journey to Cornwall. On route you will stop in the Georgian town of Bath, the site of Britain's only hot springs. Here you will visit the famous Roman Baths. You will then be driven on to Cornwall where you will spend two nights. (B,D)
Penzance is the regional centre of West Cornwall. This attractive town stands on the south facing shores of Mounts Bay. The bay itself is dominated by the granite heights of St. Michael’s Mount. Penzance is an ancient market town which has kept much of its character and originality. Our day will also take in the picturesque fishing village of St Ives – a popular hangout for artists – you may wish to visit the Tate Gallery or the Barbara Hepworth Museum. (B,D)
Journey to Portsmouth stopping on the way to marvel at the great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC. Arrive at your hotel for check-in. (B)
Discover the world famous historic ships at the Historic Dockyard - HMS Victory, the Mary Rose & HMS Warrior – that have shaped British history. A cruise as well as an inclusive ticket to all ships has been arranged. (B)
On route to London you will visit England's largest castle and the largest inhabited stronghold in the world – Windsor Castle. (B,D)
A full day sightseeing tour of all the major sights of London, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben. You'll visit Westminster Abbey, which has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and contains the tombs of many Kings and Queens. Then you will move on the Old City of London. Although now largely commercial, the city is packed with history and noteworthy buildings. You’ll visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Then your final visit of the day will be the Tower of London, ancient London’s most historic monument and home to the priceless Crown Jewels. (B)
Depart for an excursion to Oxford. Oxford is known as the city of dreaming spires as it has been home to the many colleges of the world famous university of Oxford for over 700 years! Your guided tour will introduce you to the history, traditions and anecdotes of this hallowed place of learning. (B)
Set off this morning to visit Hampton Court Palace and Gardens. This grand Tudor palace was begun by Cardinal Wolsey but was soon appropriated by King Henry the VIII. Your visit to the palace will include the wonderful State Apartments as well as the kitchens. (B)
A full day at leisure in London! Samuel Johnson wrote: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life". The day is yours to do as you please. (B)
Check out of your hotel today and transfer to the airport for home. (B).