Visit the U.K. (England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland) and Northern Ireland in this 14 day tour. From bustling cities to charming countryside, journey to medieval castles, breath-taking natural attractions, UNESCO cultural sites, monuments and the world-renowned Oxford University.
Our United Kingdom vacation begins as we board our flight bound for London, the capital city of English.
Upon arrival, our sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Windsor Castle, one of the oldest continuously inhabited royal residence in the world and the weekend home of Queen Elizabeth. Later, we return to London for an evening to explore the city at your leisure.
This morning we visit the Tower of London, founded nearly a millennium ago and expanded upon over the centuries since, the Tower of London has been a fortress, a royal residence and state prison. Later on, a panoramic drive shows us the city including the Parliament Building, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. To top off our day, enjoy photo stops at two of London’s most recognized monument – Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Then the rest of the day is at leisure. Time to shop or visit the spectacular British Museum, which boasts the largest and most comprehensive collection of the world.
After breakfast at the hotel, head to the mighty ancient monoliths of Stonehenge. Then we continue on to Bath, an ancient town famous for its hot springs. In our orientation tour of Bath, we’ll view the Georgian Architecture, the Abby, Pulteney Bridge, Royal Cresent, Queen Square, and visit the amazing Roman Bath. We stay overnight and dine at the Welsh capital, Cardiff.
After a city tour of Cardiff viewing the Cardiff Castle, we travel to Fishguard for a ferry across the St. George’s Channel to Rosslare in Ireland. Travelers may have lunch at Fishguard Port or onboard the ferry. We land in Irelandin the evning, and drive to Waterford for overnight accommodations and dinner.
After an orientation tour of Waterford, a motor coach drives us to Killarney. Beautifully set on the world famous lakes of Killarney, Killarney is designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and the Killarney National Park definitely is the highlight of today’s sightseeing. The exciting car ride will take us to explore the park. Finally we check into our hotel located by the Lough Leane Lake.
Depart hotel to Limerick. Upon arrival, a walking tour shows us the King John’s Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral, and the River Shannon. We then drive to view the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher towering above the Atlantic. Later a scenic drive leads us to Loughrea for dinner and an overnight stay.
After breakfast, we depart Galway to Dublin. One of the literary capitals of the world and designated UNESCO City of Literature in 2010, Dublin’s literary tradition dates back over a thousand years when monks would transcribe the bible into beautiful manuscripts. The best surviving example of which, The Book of Kells dating from 800 AD, is on show at Trinity College. Fortunately we will have an opportunity to view the priceless book. Tonight, we enjoy dinner at hotel.
After breakfast at hotel we depart Dublin for Giant Causeway via Londonderry, the second largest city in Northern Ireland. After city tour and lunch at Londonderry, we continue on for a visit to the Giant Causeway, giant basalt columns rising from the sea, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later via Antrim Coast we drive to Belfast, the capital of and largest city in, Northern Ireland.
Today our journey starts with a half day city tour of Belfast, then check-in at Belfast port for ferry crossing to Scotland. Lunch is under your own arrangement on board the ferry. Upon arrival at Carinryan, a small Scottish village notable for its two modern ferry terminals connecting Scotland to Northern Ireland, we immediately transfer to Scotland’s elegant and beautiful capital city, Edinburgh.
This morning we visit Edinburgh Castle and see historical sites along the Princes Street on our sightseeing tour. Afterwards we continue into the Lake District of England. Breathtaking scenery enthralls us as we have a boat trip on the lake. Overnight stay at Lake District and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Depart Lake District to the ancient walled city, York, for city orientation. We walk through narrow medieval streets and view the wealth of historic attractions inside the city walls, of which York Minster is the most prominent. Our last stop today is Stratford-Upon-Avon, where we stay for overnight accommodations and dinner.
Our sightseeing tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon this morning features visits to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Ann Hathaway’s Cottage. Then we depart to Oxford, home of the University of Oxford; the oldest university in the English speaking world. A walking tour shows us the city and university begins upon our arrival. Dinner in Oxford and then travel back to London.
A fond farewell to the United Kingdom as we go to the airport for the international home bound flight to America.
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