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A wealth of history, dramatic scenery, sacred sites, legends and traditions all come together, invoking a sense of romance on this tour.
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Check into your hotel, then there is time to relax, explore or shop.
An included half day sightseeing tour of London’s West End shows you all the major sights - Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. Your Tour Director is also on hand today for help and advice.
In the morning, drive to the famous university town of Oxford with its beautiful spires. With time at leisure, why not visit the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or just browse through the local indoor market, before continuing via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover the story of Shakespeare's early years during during a visit to his birthplace. Your cozy hotel is nestled a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the River Avon. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Travel through the heart of ‘Robin Hood Country' on your way to visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest examples of a Norman castle in England. Your tour will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Later, continue to York, once the Viking capital of Britain. Saunter along the Shambles to reach York Minster, in the heart of this medieval gem. Your hotel lies within the walls facing Clifford's Tower.
Drive through the Lake District National Park, a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil lakes, inspiration to a host of English poets. Stop in Wordsworth's village of Grasmere and see the poet's grave in the churchyard before crossing the border at Gretna and continuing to the Scottish capital.
In the morning, walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town. Continue down the Royal Mile to the Queen's Holyroodhouse Palace before crossing over to the ‘New Town'. The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street. At night, selected departures venture to the Military Tattoo – a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums.
Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, the home of golf. After some time to explore, cross the Tay and drive to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry. Next, stop at Culloden Moor, scene of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746. Continue on to stately Inverness, where your grand hotel is perfectly placed in the centre of town.
Go on a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of 'Nessie' in the heart of Scotland's great glen. Afterwards, pause for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle, set idyllically on a headland on Loch Duich. Then hear tales of Flora MacDonald and her vain defence of the Bonnie Prince as you cross the Isle of Skye.
Return to the mainland and drive to the Commando Memorial in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Then on through Fort William to absorb the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, the ‘Valley of the Weeping', where the dreadful massacre of the MacDonalds took place in 1692. Enjoy a scenic drive along the ‘Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond', en route to Glasgow for an orientation tour.
Bid farewell to Scotland as you cross the Irish Sea and drive to the vibrant Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert to see the City Hall, Queen's University and Stormont Castle. In your free time, why not follow the story of the ill-fated RMS Titanic at the new state of the art Belfast exhibition.
Travel alongside the Mountains of Mourne before crossing the historic Boyne Valley, site of the battle where William of Orange defeated the forces of Catholic King James. On your guided tour of Ireland's ‘fair city', you will see O'Connell Street, historic Phoenix Park and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
This morning, before it opens to the public, experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert. The rest of the day is yours to shop, continue sightseeing or maybe take an optional drive to the ruined monastic site of Glendalough?
Travel west to Galway the 'City of the Tribes' for an orientation tour. Continue across the limestone landscape of the Burren, to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking vistas of the Clare Coast. Next, journey on to Limerick on the shores of the river Shannon.
See the 12th century St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone before setting off via the picturesque thatched village of Adare, to Tralee. Enjoy more spectacular scenery as you make your way into the great cliffs, wide skies and ocean views of the Dingle Peninsula to Killarney.
A delightful morning excursion takes you around the Ring of Kerry, a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages. Continue through Ireland's highest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy Reeks, to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy. Maybe take the opportunity to ride a Jaunting Car around the lake or through the National Park? Choose from a selection of restaurants in Killarney this evening.
Visit Blarney Castle, the home of the famous stone of eloquence, once kissed, never forgotten! Travel on to the walled city of Waterford for a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman.
Take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Pembroke for a pleasant drive through the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire. Continue past the valleys of South Wales to the Welsh capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and the brilliant Millennium Stadium.
Cross the Severn Bridge to reach Bath, the site of Britain's only hot, mineral springs. Enjoy a tour through the Georgian streets and crescents and visit the Roman Baths. Then drive to mystical Glastonbury to view the Abbey, reputedly the legendary burial place of King Arthur. After a short onwards journey, you'll reach the seaside town of Torquay.
In the morning, drive to Plymouth to see the Mayflower Steps, Barbican, Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Move on to a quaint Cornish fishing village. Return to Torquay across rugged Dartmoor. Enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner - a fitting finalé to your tour.
Cross Salisbury Plain to visit Stonehenge, the world's most famous prehistoric monument, its true meaning lost in the mists of time. In the afternoon, return to London's Grosvenor Hotel.
Your journey draws to a close after breakfast this morning.
17 Full Breakfasts (FB), 5 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||AvailabilityPrice|
|23 Apr 17||14 May 17||$5,125$4,741pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$5,125 $4,741 pp
|7 May 17||28 May 17||$5,150pp|
|28 May 17||18 Jun 17||$5,150$4,764pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$5,150 $4,764 pp
|4 Jun 17||25 Jun 17||$5,150pp||
|11 Jun 17||2 Jul 17||$5,150pp||
|25 Jun 17||16 Jul 17||$5,150pp||
|2 Jul 17||23 Jul 17||$5,325$4,926pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$5,325 $4,926 pp
|9 Jul 17||30 Jul 17||$5,325$4,926pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$5,325 $4,926 pp
|16 Jul 17||6 Aug 17||$5,395$4,990pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$5,395 $4,990 pp
|23 Jul 17||13 Aug 17||$5,395$4,990pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28|
|30 Jul 17||20 Aug 17||$5,650pp|
|6 Aug 17||27 Aug 17||$5,650pp|
|13 Aug 17||3 Sep 17||$5,775pp|
|20 Aug 17||10 Sep 17||$5,550pp|
|27 Aug 17||17 Sep 17||$5,325$4,926pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$5,325 $4,926 pp
|3 Sep 17||24 Sep 17||$5,175$4,787pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$5,175 $4,787 pp
|10 Sep 17||1 Oct 17||$5,175pp|
|17 Sep 17||8 Oct 17||$5,125$4,741pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$5,125 $4,741 pp
These departures include Edinburgh Tattoo.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $1,470 p.p.
Triple Supplement: $290 p.p.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $154 per person.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.
AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.
Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
The currency in the UK is the Pound (£) and in Ireland is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the UK and Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. In larger cities like London you’ll also find restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine.
Food and drink in Scotland goes far beyond haggis, porridge, and whisky. Specialties to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake. For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.
Irish specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake. Be sure to visit a local chip shop for fresh fish and chips, and sample Irish ales in a traditional pub.
The climate in the UK and Ireland is temperate, with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
Tipping is less common than in the U.S. When dining out, some restaurants will add a service charge of 12.5 percent to your bill, especially for groups. If a service hasn’t been added, it’s appropriate to leave 10 – 15 percent gratuity.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August and is included on four departures in 2017:
July 30, August 6, August 13, and August 20.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry. In 2017 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 4th to August 26th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world.
Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!
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