Essence of Britain & Ireland Tour This circular tour from London stays in Cardiff, Waterford, Dublin, Edinburgh and York. Experience historic Stonehenge, Bath, York and Stratford-upon-Avon as well as fun visits such as dogs herding sheep, farm tea with scones, historic walks and hop-on, hop-off city tours. Great meals daily including three special evenings

Essence of Britain

ESSENCE OF BRITAIN & IRELAND 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 3 to August 17 departures.
  • Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with highly skilled dogs to herd sheep and enjoy fresh baked scones with tea.

Day 1: LONDON ARRIVAL & ORIENTATION
Tour begins 2:00 PM, London hotel. Head out on a panoramic drive around central London to see many famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. In the evening enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.(D)

bANKSYDay 2: STONEHENGE & ROMAN BATHS
Head to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to Bath to tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, first built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. In Cardiff, enjoy a Welsh evening of local specialties and traditional entertainment.(B, D)

Day 3: CARDIFF & FERRY TO WATERFORD
After a panoramic tour of Cardiff visit Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic style residence in the 19th century. Journey through the gentle, green countryside to the west coast. At Pembroke Dock embark on an afternoon ferry crossing to Rosslare and on to Waterford.
(B, D)


Day 4: SHEEP HERDING & DUBLIN’S MERRY PLOUGHBOY PUB
Start the day with a walking tour of historic Waterford. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal. At Jerpoint Park enjoy a sheep herding demonstration and sample scones with tea. Stop briefly in Kilkenny before heading to Dublin. Dine at the lively Merry Ploughboy Pub with an entertaining show.(B, D)

Day 5: GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM & DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING
Tour Dublin city to see elegant Georgian squares with brightly-painted doorways and the General Post Office where the 1916 Rebellion started. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. The afternoon and evening are free to use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one attraction.(B)

sCENIC SCOTLANDDay 6: BELFAST SIGHTSEEING & SCOTLAND
Head to Belfast where you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour to see Victorian buildings, the Harland & Wolff shipyards where the Titanic was built and the Falls Road and Shankill residential areas. Take a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Travel through gentle pasturelands to the central belt of Scotland. Stop en route for dinner before continuing to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.(B, D)

Day 7: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Take a drive around central Edinburgh to see the main points of interest, including the 200-year-old “New Town” with elegant Georgian houses and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 3 to August 17 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.(B)

Day 8: SCOTTISH BORDERS & YORK
Travel through the charming Borders region with many quaint towns, manor houses and abbeys. Stop in Jedburgh to see the picturesque ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Continue to York for a walking tour to appreciate narrow streets where the medieval houses almost touch across the street. Tour the stately Gothic York Minster, which dates back to the 12th century and is noted for its magnificent medieval stained glass windows.(B, D)

Day 9: SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE & LONDON
In Stratford-upon-Avon visit Shakespeare’s birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Walk through the furnished house where he was born and take a look around the town with its many black-and-white buildings. Drive through the Cotswolds to London for an independent evening.(B)

Day 10: TOUR ENDS IN LONDON
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Deluxe documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person
  • Six dinners including a welcome dinner in London, a Welsh Evening in Cardiff, and Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner with a lively show.

Trip Highlights:
Cardiff Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
House of Waterford Crystal
Roman Baths & Pump Room
Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Stonehenge
York Minster

Hotels:
Marriott Kensington Hotel London (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel – Cardiff Cardiff (1 night)
Granville Hotel Waterford (1 night)
North Star Hotel Dublin (2 nights)
Indigo York Place Edinburgh (2 nights)
York Marriott York (1 night)
Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel London (1 night)

Price per person sharing a twin or triple room. ONLY ONE TRIPLE ROOM IS AVAILABLE PER DEPARTURE - BOOK EARLY. Save 10% per person on coach land tour prices if you 8 & under 17 and traveling with at least one full fare paying passenger. Airfare is available from many cities. Just ask.

FridayApr 12 MondayApr 22 Guaranteed 3249
FridayApr 26 MondayMay 6 Guaranteed Small Group 3799
FridayMay 24 MondayJun 3 Guaranteed 3399
FridayJun 7 MondayJun 17 Guaranteed Small Group 3949
FridayJun 21 MondayJul 1 sold out 3399
FridayJul 5 MondayJul 15   3449
FridayAug 2 MondayAug 12 Tattoo/Tour Guaranteed 3599
FridayAug 16 MondayAug 26 Tattoo/Tour Guaranteed 3549
FridayAug 23 MondaySep 2 Guaranteed Small Group 4099
FridaySep 6 MondaySep 16 Guaranteed 3399
FridaySep 13 MondaySep 23   3349
FridaySep 27 MondayOct 7 Guaranteed Small Group 3899
FridayOct 11 MondayOct 21 Guaranteed 3199

Single Supplement $930