Britain & Ireland Discovery - Summer 2020
Britain & Ireland Discovery – Summer 2020
This epic adventure illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles. Along the way, encounter the full arc of Celtic heritage, cultures, legends and traditions.
- Stratford-upon-Avon: Get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
- Wick: The Old Pulteney Distillery produces whisky with a distinctive flavour, bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.
- Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, for a more authentic and intimate experience.
- Dublin: Before it opens to the public, visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland’s national drink. Experience a private masterclass and learn to pour the perfect pint.
- Abbey Cwm Hir: Enjoy a light lunch of locally sourced delights including Welsh favourites such as a cheeseboard featuring Welsh cheeses and chutney, artisan breads and bara brith.
- Cornwall: Celebrate the culmination of your travels in style with wine and palate pleasing cuisine.
- Dining Summary: 21 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L), 8 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all tea or coffee.
- Orkney Isles: Your Local Expert leads you on a fascinating excursion of discovery on the very fringes of Britain. Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
- Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls?
- Kilkenny: Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All Ireland titles of its national sport of hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, as you test your skill during a lesson.
Top Rated Highlights
- Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
- Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
- Stratford-upon-Avon: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born and grew up.
- York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
- Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
- Edinburgh: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland’s City of Culture. Travel along Princes Street and see the monument to Sir Walter Scott, before walking through the New Town.
- Edinburgh: Led by your Local Expert, walk with a inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
- Gretna Green: Visit the spot where once runaway lovers were married.
- St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from ‘Chariots of Fire’ was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
- Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
- Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour, yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
- Inverness: See the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
- Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a private scenic cruise.
- Wick: See the world’s shortest street, Ebenezer Place.
- John O’Groats: Visit Britain’s most northerly, yet tiny, mainland village.
- Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
- Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
- Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
- Cairnryan: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
- Giant’s Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical wonder to behold.
- Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople.
- Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
- Sligo Bay: Explore this scenic town during an orientation with your Travel Director.
- Galway: An orientation with your Travel Director will show you the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
- Limerick: See King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the treaty stone.
- Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
- Killarney: Get your bearings during an orientation.
- Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
- Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
- Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
- Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, O’Connell Street and the Custom House.
- Dublin Port: Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain.
- Conwy: See the castle upon the river.
- Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
- Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.
Welcome to London.
London to Stratford-upon-Avon.
By the Lakes to Edinburgh.
Scotland's City of Culture.
The Highland Capital of Inverness.
Loch Ness to Wick.
Orkney Islands Experience.
Over the sea to Skye.
Loch Lomond to Glasgow.
Giant's Causeway and Londonderry.
Belleek and Sligo Bay.
Galway and Limerick.
Adare to Killarney.
Ring of Kerry Experience.
Blarney Castle and Waterford.
Kilkenny and Dublin.
In Dublin’s Fair City.
Across the Irish Sea to Chester.
The Welsh Marches to Cardiff.
Bath and Glastonbury.
The Cornish Coast Experience.
Ancient Stonehenge to London.