Ireland - England - Scotland Tour
British & Irish Grand Tour 23 days

23 day First Class Escorted Tour - Ireland England tour
Grand Tour

Three week Ireland - England - Scotland Tour. Around the British Isles in 23 Days. This guided tour has it all!

 It starts and ends in London.  This tour features the birth places of Britain’s esteemed poets, Shakespeare in Stratford and Robbie Burns in Scotland.   You will also have the opportunity to sample both Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey and see the difference for yourself (not just in the spelling).  In Wales your British travel host will arrange a Welsh banquet where you can enjoy a night of great food, music and dance.  All along the coastline of Ireland, your British luxury travel agency will not disappoint with all of their great choice of hotels. This is best way to travel from London to Ireland. 

Tour of London tour
Day 1:  London Arrival & Tour
Welcome to London!  Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director and take a panoramic tour of central London with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. In the evening meet your British travel host and fellow travelers for a welcome drink and dine in your hotel.

Day 2: Tower of London & City Sights
London is known for its red double decker buses and "tubes", which go almost everywhere and are a great value for the money. Either is an unbeatable way to see the sights of London on your own. Today schedule your London sightseeing as you wish on an open-top bus tour. There are different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently. (B)

Day 3: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & Cotswolds
Take a drive through the Cotswolds and head to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Journey north to the medieval city of York and enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 4: York Minster & Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
York, one of the most interesting and historically important of English towns, with its stately Minster and narrow streets is substantially a medieval creation.  Take a walking tour around central York to see medieval streets and houses and visit the stately York Minster, renowned for its stained glass. Travel north and stop briefly in Melrose to view the ruins of the abbey. Drive to Edinburgh and dine at a Scottish Evening with bagpipes and lively music. (B, D)

Edinburgh Castle -Day 5: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” and the compact medieval city centered on the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and enjoy splendid views of central Edinburgh. On August 3rd – 17th  departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 6: St Andrews & Highland Scenery
Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university, for a walking tour around the town and visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Stop in Pitlochry on the way to your hotel in Inverness, in the Highlands. (B, D)

Perfect day in Scotland Day 7: Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery
Enjoy more wonderful Highland views as you travel south for a scenic cruise of Loch Ness. Drive along the west coast to Oban and visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample some at the end of the tour. (B, D)

Day 8: Isle of Mull & Duart Castle
Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull, one of the Inner Hebrides. Tour many of the historic chambers of Duart Castle, home of Sir Lachlan Maclean, the present Clan Chief. Drive to the colorful coastal town of Tobermory for a look around before returning to Oban by coach and ferry. There is something to be said for booking with a luxury British travel agency.(B, D)

Day 9: Glen Coe & Rabbie Burns
This morning bid farewell to the Highlands as you drive alongside scenic Loch Lomond. Its history of Vikings and brigands, its islets and mountains are as romantic and glamorous as the song itself.The Victorian city of Glasgow is built mainly of red sandstone, but its history goes back to the 6th century.  Stop briefly in Alloway at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Continue to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. (B, D)

Giants CausewayDay 10: Belfast & Giant’s Causeway
Tour the highlights of Belfast to see the impressive City Hall and Victorian buildings. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim and visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Continue to Derry for your overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 11: Derry & Inishowen Peninsula
Entering the city of Londonderry, you will view the most notable and historic feature of the city – the Walls, which have been kept in a splendid state of preservation and are among the best-preserved city fortifications in the Western World. Then drive to Ireland’s northernmost peninsula of Inishowen. Enjoy plenty of coastal views as you follow the coastline and stop at Malin Head, the most northerly point. (B, D)

Day 12: Donegal Castle & Yeats’ Grave
Travel through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal town. Tour Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain. Pause at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W. B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, and again at Knock Shrine before continuing to Galway for a walking tour. (B, D)

Day 13: Connemara & “The Quiet Man" 
You travel through the rugged countryside of Connemara, with its lake rimmed boglands dominated by craggy peaks of the majestic Twelve Bens mountain range, via Maam Cross and Recess to Clifden, capital of Connemara.  Take a drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara and in Cong take a short walking tour to see movie locations from “The Quiet Man.” Return to Galway for a panoramic drive around the city center. (B)

Day 14: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Drive through the Burren to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic Ocean and cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry. There is something special about Irish pubs.  While each has its own unique character and personality. Stop at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel for tea with scones and head to Killarney. (B, D)

FleadhDay 15: Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs
Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare and journey along part of the Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery. Visit a farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep and tour the gracious 19th century Muckross House. Enjoy a casual lunch and the rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 16: Blarney Castle & Waterford
Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience which tells about the 123 Irish people who embarked on the RMS Titanic. Continue to Waterford and after dinner take a walking tour. (B, D)

Day 17: House of Waterford Crystal & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies. In New Ross tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one used during the 1840’s Famine. Travel to Dublin and dine at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub with a lively show. (B, D)

Jurys dinner and cabaretDay 18: Dublin & Book of Kells
Tour central Dublin to see the main sights. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening are free. (B)

Day 19: Ferry to Wales & Conwy
Take a short ferry ride from Dublin to Holyhead and drive to Conwy. Tour Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I. Take a guided walk around the walled town with its quaint streets and houses and see the smallest house in Britain on the waterfront. (B, D)

Day 20: Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons
Travel through Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales and continue through the center of the country with thriving farms and towns. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. Take a walking tour of central Cardiff. Visit Cardiff Castle and dine at a fun Welsh banquet there. (B, D)

Dartmoor pubDay 21: Explore Cornwell & Land’s End
Browse around the typical Cornish village of Mevagissey, a fishing village with a colorful history of boat-building and smuggling. Drive to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain. View the majestic outline of St. Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination, and return to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 22: Stonehenge & Windsor Castle
Drive to Salisbury Plain to marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor to visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. After dinner take a brief walking tour around the historic town. (B, D)

Day 23: Tour Ends in London
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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Tour Includes:

    When we book your flights together with a coach tour, we include complimentary group transfers on the starting and ending date of tours at times specified on each itinerary-a $30 per person fee applies to land only bookings.
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 22 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 22 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 15 dinners including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and show in Dublin, and a traditional Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet Trip Highlights: Cardiff Castle Cliffs of Moher Edinburgh Castle Giant’s Causeway Roman Baths Shakespeare’s Birthplace Stonehenge Windsor Castle
  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff
  • London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit
  • Walking tours of York, St Andrews, Derry, Galway, Waterford, Dublin’s Trinity College, Conwy, Cardiff and Windsor
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on some departures
  • Loch Ness scenic cruise
  • Oban Distillery whisky tasting and tour
  • Round trip ferry transportation to Isle of Mull, between Britain and Ireland and across River Shannon
  • “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
  • Irish coffee on Inishowen Peninsula
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Tea & scones at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel
  • Visits and admissions to St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Duart Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Knock Shrine, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Titanic Experience, House of Waterford Crystal, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Conwy Castle, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Land’s End, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

  • Hotels – 22 Nights: Hilton London Paddington | London (2) DoubleTree by Hilton | York (1) Mercure Haymarket | Edinburgh (2) Columba Hotel | Inverness (1) Perle Oban Hotel | Oban (1) Europa Hotel | Belfast (1) Everglades Hotel | Derry (2) Galway Bay Hotel | Galway (2) Killarney Plaza Hotel | Killarney (2) Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford (1) Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel | Dublin (2) The Quay Hotel | Conwy (1) Park Plaza Cardiff | Cardiff (1) The Cornwall Hotel | St. Austell (2) Macdonald Windsor Hotel | Windsor (1)

    Price per person sharing a twin or triple room.

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