STS Tours - Britain and Ireland

Britain & Ireland

DAY 1: TORONTO – LONDON

Photo of Blarney Castle, home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence

Depart Toronto on your wide-bodied overnight flight to London. Meals will be served at appropriate times and earphones will be supplied so you may enjoy the full-length movie and the many audio channels available.

DAY 2: LONDON

Arrival in London, England. Remainder of the day is free.

Overnight in London.

DAY 3: LONDON (B)

After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a professional London guide includes all the famous landmarks: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and the area’s splendid museums, Knightsbridge with Harrods, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, and Westminster Abbey. Highlights are a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if held). You will be given free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels or Windsor Castle. Tonight, we suggest an optional dinner followed by a cruise on the River Thames.

Overnight in London.

DAY 4: LONDON – BATH – BRISTOL (B/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, take a guided sightseeing tour of London. At Henry VIII’s lavish Hampton Court Palace, enjoy your private visit to the Tudor kitchens and magnificent Great Hall; take a stroll in picturesque Salisbury with its vast cathedral, the ultimate in Early English Gothic; try to figure out the riddle of Stonehenge; in the elegant Georgian city of Bath see the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths. Finally your orientation tour of Bristol focuses on Brunel’s daring Clifton suspension bridge, SS Great Britain, and the historic harbor from which John Cabot sailed in 1497 to discover America. Before dinner tonight, join your tour director for a toast to happy touring with a congenial group.

Overnight in Bristol.

DAY 5: BRISTOL – WATERFORD, IRELAND (B/D)

Cross the Severn Road Bridge to the Welsh capital. An orientation drive here features the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, and the stately civic buildings. Continue along the South Wales coast to Fishguard where your ferry is waiting. Sail across St. George’s Channel to Rosslare and proceed by coach to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. Overnight in Waterford.

DAY 6: WATERFORD – TRALEE (B/D)

First of the day’s highlights: a visit to the world-famous WATERFORD CRYSTAL FACTORY. With a stop in the port city of Cork, motor to Blarney, this is renowned for its magical Stone of Eloquence. You will be given time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. Continue for an afternoon arrival in Tralee, the county town of Kerry. Before dinner, why not join your tour director on a fun outing to a local pub?

Overnight in Tralee.

DAY 7: TRALEE – RING OF KERRY – LIMERICK (B)

Follow the road known as the "Ring of Kerry" for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Enjoy vistas of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before visiting the popular resort of Killarney. In the afternoon drive via quaint Adare to Limerick. Our suggestion for a very special evening out: attend an optional medieval banquet at Knappogue Castle.

Overnight in Limerick.

DAY 8: LIMERICK – DUBLIN (B)

On your way east to Dublin view Tipperary and the Rock of Cashel, and visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare, whose fine thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Your best bet for tonight: join your tour director on the optional dinner excursion.

Overnight in Dublin.

DAY 9: DUBLIN (B)

Get an overview of Eire’s capital as you drive to statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Visit Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight an optional dinner and cabaret show.

Overnight in Dublin.

DAY 10: DUBLIN – NORTH WALES – CHESTER, ENGLAND (B/D)

Travel back across the Irish Sea from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey, where a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair... is a must. Then you will take a scenic drive along the North Wales coast to Chester, the historic county town on the River Dee. On your walking tour in the walled city of Chester see the Roman remains, the characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings, and the two-tiered arcades called the "Rows."

Overnight in Chester.

DAY 11: CHESTER – LAKE DISTRICT – EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND (B)

In the Lake District, considered the finest of England’s national parks, enjoy one of the highlights of the day, a cruise along Lake Windermere on an historic iron steamship. After a stop at Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere, inspect a section of Hadrian’s Wall, and then visit Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples, on your way through history-steeped Lowland Hills to Edinburgh. Your tour director will have dining suggestions for this evening.

Overnight in Edinburgh.

DAY 12: EDINBURGH (B)

Morning sightseeing with a local expert in Scotland’s elegant capital city starts with a drive along Princes Street and the Royal Mile, and includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Afternoon is at your leisure. Your optional Scottish evening features Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Overnight in Edinburgh.

DAY 13: EDINBURGH – YORK, ENGLAND (B/D)

This morning visit magnificent Floors Castle, the stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. Continue on past the abbey ruins at Jedburgh and the house of Mary, Queen of Scots, into wild Northumberland National Park. 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.

Overnight in York.

DAY 14: YORK – STRATFORD (B/D)

Skirt Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest on the way to Coventry, where you view the splendid modern cathedral, which rose from the rubble of severe World War II bombings. Take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage on the way to your Stratford-upon-Avon hotel.

Overnight in Stratford.

DAY 15: STRATFORD– LONDON (B)

A memorable last day: in Stratford visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and stroll through the picturesque town; see where Sir Winston Churchill lies buried in Bladon within sight of his birthplace, Blenheim Palace; enjoy a walking tour of Oxford, one of the country’s oldest seats of learning. Return to London at 4 p.m. How about celebrating the success of your tour by taking in one of the great West End shows?

Overnight in London.

DAY 16: LONDON – TORONTO (B)

After breakfast, board coach and transfer to the airport for you flight home arriving the same day.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Return flight Toronto – London – Toronto
  • Airport transfers in London
  • Tour director while touring
  • 14 nights accommodations in twin bedded rooms with private facilities
  • Hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
  • Welcome drink, 14 full English breakfasts, 6 three course dinners with choice of menus
  • Private deluxe motorcoach with air-conditioning, extra leg room, and washroom while touring
  • Ferries across the Irish Sea and cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Sightseeing with local guides: London, Waterford Crystal factory, Irish National Stud, Edinburgh
  • Scenic Highlights: Ring of Kerry and the Lakes of Killarney, Rock of Cashel, Lake District, Northumberland, Shakespeare country
  • Admissions: private visit to the Tudor section of Hampton Court Palace, Stonehenge, Dublin orientation and Trinity College, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, Floors Castle, Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-Upon-Avon.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Airport departure tax
  • Cancellation and comprehensive insurance
  • Any meals and tour components not specifically mentioned in cost inclusions

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