As you arrive at the fascinating city of London, you will be received by our representatives. You will then be taken to check into the hotel. After Freshening up in the afternoon you can take an optional Taste of London excursion with dinner followed by a guided illuminations cruise on the River Thames. Enjoy a relaxed overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 - London - Stonehenge - Salisbury
Bath After a healthy breakfast in the morning, you are to meet your Tour Director. Later you are to proceed for a memorable day's sightseeing. Try to figure out the riddle of STONEHENGE; take a stroll in picturesque Salisbury with its vast cathedral, the ultimate in Early English Gothic; and, in the elegant Georgian city of Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Cross the River Severn for a late-afternoon arrival in Wales. On arrival, check into the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 3 - Newport - Cardiff
A morning orientation drive in the Welsh capital features all the major attractions. Then, take a guided tour of CARDIFF CASTLE, and discover its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts over the past 2,000 years. Continue along the South Wales coast to Pembroke, where your FERRY will be waiting. Sail across St. George's Channel to Rosslare on the Emerald Isle and proceed to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. On arrival, you are to check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4 - Waterford - Kilkenny - Kildare
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL, then in Kilkenny, spend time exploring this pretty county town. Later, horse-racing country with a visit to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Drive across the Curragh and on arrival in Dublin. On arrival, check into the hotel. Later go for an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5 - Dublin
An orientation drive in Ireland's capital city includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Then, visit Oscar Wilde's TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. The afternoon is for you to take rest. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 6 - Dublin - Belfast
On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the River Boyne, then skirt the Mountains of Mourne. In Belfast, where the Titanic was built, take in the city's vibrant history and view the impressive City Hall. Next, board your FERRY to cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland's southwest coast and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. On arrival, check into the hotel. Tonight, relax and enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7 - Edinburgh
Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the "Old Town," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8 - Edinburgh
This morning, drive past the abbey ruins at Jedburgh and the house of Mary, Queen of Scots, into wild Northumberland National Park. Later, see a section of Hadrian's Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes. Finally as you arrive York, you are to check into the hotel. In York, England's most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9 - Stratford - Upon-Avon
On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon. Take your pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE, and enjoy lunchtime exploring this fascinating Elizabethan town at your own pace. Later, return to London. On arrival, check into the hotel. Enjoy a show night Theater Evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 - London
This is the last day of your tour. After a delicious breakfast, you are to board a flight to you home destination.