ITINERARY OF GREAT BRITAIN TOUR

Day 1
  • London - Stratford - York
A warm welcome from our Tour Director this morning as we drive through Oxfordshire countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Here we see Anne Hathaway's cottage at Shottery and visit the house where Shakespeare was born.
This afternoon we continue to Viking York where a walking tour takes us through the historic streets
to the cobbled 'Shambles' and Britain's largest medieval Cathedral York Minster.
This evening, before dinner at our hotel we enjoy a welcome drink with our Tour Director.
(Continental breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 2
  • York - Lake District - Glasgow
A beautiful drive today takes us through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the quaint villages and scenic glory of the Lake District.
From here we drive along the shores of Lake Windermere, through the countryside which inspired Wordsworth's poetry.
Later, we cross the border into Bonnie Scotland and drive through the Southern Uplands en route to Glasgow for two nights
.(Full breakfast)

Day 3
  • Edinburgh Excursion
Our morning drive brings us to Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, where we spend the day. Here our sightseeing tour shows us Princes Street,
the Royal Mile and views of Holyrood House, once home of Mary Queen of Scots.
Also included is a visit to the imposing Edinburgh castle. Then time at leisure to do as you please.
Perhaps shop for tweeds and tartans.
Or why not sample some delicious shortbread before we head back to Glasgow for the night?
(Full breakfast)

Day 4
  • Glasgow - Belfast – Dublin
An early start today as we drive into Robert Burns country and along the coast to Stranraer for our ferry to Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Here a sightseeing tour shows us the City Hall and Queen's University.
Then we're on our way south, crossing the River Boyne at Drogheda and on to Dublin for two nights.
(Full breakfast)

Day 5
  • Dublin sightseeing
Our morning sightseeing tour shows us Trinity College, the Bank of Ireland, which used to be Ireland's House of Parliament, St. Patrick's Cathedral,
Phoenix Park and the Georgian Squares. The rest of your day is free.
You may wish to shop for Irish tweeds and linen in O'Connell or Henry Streets
or maybe take a trip to the stately home of Malahide.
This evening, why not join us at an Irish cabaret?
(Full breakfast)

Day 6
  • Dublin - Kildare - Waterford
Today our first stop is at the Irish National Stud Farm located outside the town of Kildare.
Then we make our way to medieval Kilkenny where we see its ancient castle.
Later, we will drive to the Waterford Crystal Gallery where we have an included visit to see how crystal is created
before we continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
(Full breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 7
  • Waterford - Cardiff - Newport
An early start this morning as we drive to Rosslare Harbour where we board our ferry to Pembroke in South Wales.
From here we continue on to the Welsh capital Cardiff.
We stop to view its historic castle and see the Millennium Stadium Cardiff Arms Park.
Then we reboard our coach for a short drive to our hotel in Newport. We dine at our hotel this evening.
(Full breakfast/ Dinner)

Day 8
  • Newport - Bath - Stonehenge - London
Today we cross the Severn Bridge into England heading to the glorious city of Bath.
Here an orientation tour shows us its graceful terraces and includes a visit to the Baths dating from Roman times.
From here we continue to mysterious Stonehenge to see the ancient stone circle.
Next, it's on to Salisbury with time to view its impressive Cathedral.
Finally we return to London.
(Full breakfast)


TOUR INCLUDED
"Hotels"
                                   
  •   London Hilton Olympia             
  •   York: Quality
  •   Glasgow: Radisson SAS
  •   Dublin: Camden Court
  •   Waterford: The Belfry
  •   Newport: Holiday Inn

  • Highlights Include
  •    A welcome drink with your Tour Director
  •    2 Continental breakfasts in London
  •    4 full English and 3 Irish breakfasts on tour
  •    2 three-course dinners
  •   1 local restaurant dinner in Glasgow

      Stratford-upon-Avon:
    Visit Shakespeare's birthplace and see Anne Hathaway's cottage.
       York: Orientation including the Minster and 'Shambles'.
       Glasgow: Orientation tour.
       Edinburgh: Sightseeing includes a visit to the Castle and views of Holyrood House.
        Belfast: Sightseeing includes the City Hall and Queen's University. Dublin:
    Sightseeing views   
        St Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College.
        Kildare: Visit the Irish National Stud Farm.
        Kilkenny: See its ancient castle.
        Waterford: Visit the Crystal Gallery to see how crystal is created.
        Cardiff: View Cardiff Castle.
        Bath: Orientation includes a visit to the Roman Baths.
        Stonehenge: Visit the stone circle.
        Salisbury: View the Cathedral.
        Scenic drives through the Yorkshire Dales National Park,
    the English Lake District,
    Scottish Borderlands
    and Pembrokeshire Coast.