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Brendan Vacations

Wonders of Britain and Ireland Summer 2020

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$3,294

$3,875

15 days

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Overview

Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will feature a Blarney Stone kiss, a swig of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District.

Locations Visited

Waterford, Pembroke, Rosslare, Killarney, Blarney, Dublin, Cashel, Liverpool, Holyhead, Edinburgh, York, Stratford Upon Avon

Countries Visited

Ireland, United Kingdom

Travel Style

Regional Explorer

Accommodations

14 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

COLLAPSE ALL EXPAND ALL

Day 1

Arrive London (2 Nights)

The cosmopolitan capital of London rolls out its red carpet with all the pomp and pageantry you're unlikely to encounter anywhere else in the world. Spend the day ambling along its grand boulevards and past iconic sights as you familiarise yourself with the city's bustling atmosphere.

  • Accommodation

    Park Plaza County Hall/Park Plaza Riverbank

Day 2

London Sightseeing and Free Time

Join a 'Local Specialist' today to explore the city's favourite landmarks. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace before spending the rest of the day at leisure to delve into the city's history, culture, art and architecture.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 3

London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

Meet your Travel Director this morning and stop to ponder the mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge, before driving west to Bath. Cross the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, then view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. Later, enjoy warm hospitality and traditional Welsh pub fare and drinks at a rousing Welcome Reception.

  • Accommodation

    Park Inn City Centre

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Welcome Reception

Day 4

Cardiff – Waterford

This morning, we view the Principality Stadium during our orientation of Cardiff. Enjoy some leisure time in this modern capital. Perhaps visit the Victorian Gothic fantasy of Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford, where we'll dine in our hotel tonight.

  • Accommodation

    Marina/Treacys

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

'Dive Into Culture' and watch the master craftsmen of the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Then, kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab', before travelling to the picturesque town of Killarney.

  • Accommodation

    Killarney

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 6

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience the enduring beauty of Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula - the emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide an exquisite backdrop for our leisurely drive around what has become known as the Ring of Kerry. See Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap with its panoramic views. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' at Molly Gallivan's 200-year-old cottage, sharing a memorable 'Be My Guest' dinner with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 7

Killarney – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Celtic art and history take centre stage this morning as we visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of Irish kings for centuries. Perched atop a limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale, the historic ruins house one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. We arrive this afternoon in Dublin, where we will join our 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour to see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds of an Irish cabaret.

  • Accommodation

    Sandymount/Clayton Leopardstown

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 8

Dublin Free Time

Beat the crowds and explore the Guinness Brewery for a tour of the Storehouse including a tasting technique demonstration. The rest of the day is yours to soak up the cosy atmosphere of the Irish capital. Ramble through the buzzing streets of Temple Bar or visit Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 9

Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

Admire the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to the ancient city of Chester, with its characteristic Tudor Rows and medieval walls. We arrive later in Liverpool, the haunt of the 'Fab Four', joining our companions for a tasty Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Accommodation

    Jurys Inn

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Regional Dinner

Day 10

Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

The beautiful landscape, which for centuries inspired the Romantic poets, provides a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic drive from the lush green hills of Lancashire to the Lake District. Skirt the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, as we travel through countryside made famous by poet William Wordsworth. We cross the Scottish border and visit the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green. This evening, we arrive in beguiling Edinburgh, where we'll spend the next two nights.

  • Accommodation

    Apex City

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 11

Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning for a memorable sightseeing tour of this captivating capital, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on Castle Rock. See Auld Reekie's Royal Mile and the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and admire the Georgian façades in Edinburgh's New Town. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 12

Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

We venture south to the medieval market town of Alnwick with its impressive castle and Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits imposingly overlooking the town's beautiful gardens. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland and the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where you'll walk through the charming Shambles, see the medieval walls and York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.

  • Accommodation

    Novotel Centre

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 13

York – Stratford-upon-Avon

We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon to see where the 'Avon Bard' was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, then enjoy some free time to explore. This evening we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

  • Accommodation

    Stratford Manor

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 14

Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London

Journey to the Cotswolds this morning and the little churchyard at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. Arriving in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, we'll enjoy an orientation tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and visit one of the university's famous colleges (when open). We return to London this afternoon.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 15

Depart London

For now, it's time to say farewell to our travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday as we prepare to return home with treasured memories.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford

  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick, Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of the famous colleges of Oxford (when open)

  • VIEW the home to Harry Potter amp; Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon

  • SEE the Lake District's magnificent scenery

  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry

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What's Included

  • Dining Highlights

  • 14 breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

  • First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Use of Brendan Vacations's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions

  • The services of a Brendan Vacations Local Host if you stay at Brendan Vacations's recommended London hotel

  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details

  • Handcrafted Highlights

  • VIP entry to many sights

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    Trip Notes:

    • ​International Air: Please note that airfares are not included. We will quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day you book.
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    Terms & Conditions:

    • ​Prices listed are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Single room supplements are available. 
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