- Walking along the Grand Canal and discovering Georgian Dublin
- Discovering the shipbuilding heritage of Belfast
- Visiting Rosslyn Chapel, home to the Knights Templar and star of “ The Da Vinci Code”
- A private tour of The Tower of London and the London of Dickens
Day 1 Depart USA
You board your flight for the overnight trip to the charming country of Ireland, justly known for its scenery and charming inhabitants.
Day 2 Welcome to Dublin
A thousand welcomes to the Emerald Isle. Your guide will be waiting for your arrival and facilitate your speedy transfer to your waiting car. On the way to the city, your guide will brief you on some of the events we have arranged for you and listen to any suggestions you might have. Soon you will arrive at your hotel, considered to be one of Dublin's finest. You have a chance to relax or take stroll before enjoying a private dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 The Literary and Musical Heritage of Ireland
This morning you are met by your guide who both by car and on foot will introduce you to the historic and cultural portions of Dublin. You'll visit St Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College a renowned center of knowledge and repository of the Book of Kells. After a pub lunch you will embark on a literary tour that will show you areas of the city associated with Ireland's great writers. You'll also spend some time following the trail of Leopold bloom from James Joyce's Classic Ulysses. This evening you'll join two talented musician guides who will both entertain you and introduce you to a number of well known Dublin pubs.
Day 4 The Grand Canal and Georgian Dublin
After breakfast you meet your guide in the lobby to begin an exploration of Georgian Dublin using the banks of the Grand Canal as a road map. As you walk along the canal pathway you not only enjoy the pleasures of the canal itself but learn where Restoration and Georgian Dublin began. Through pointing out various sights your guide will weave a narrative involving literary, artistic and revolutionary connections to the area. At the end of your walk you will be in the old docklands, bringing you into the 21st Century since this area (as in many other cities) has been totally rebuilt as a shopping and entertainment complex. After lunch you have the rest of the afternoon to discover your own personal London. Tonight you have your choice of several fine restaurants for your dining pleasure.
Day 5 Monasterboice and the Birthplace of Titanic
After breakfast you will head up the eastern coast through the town of Drogheda before reaching the ancient religious settlement of Monasterboice which was founded in the 5th Century AD by St. Buite. Beside the building remnants, the area is famous for its 10th Century High Crosses in the typical Celtic cross design. The most renowned is Muiredach's High Cross, named for a 10th Century abbot and standing over 17 feet high. It is carved with scenes from both the Old and New Testament and is well preserved. After your visit and a stop for lunch you arrive in Belfast where you are given an orientation tour of the city. You are now in Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom. Belfast was built on its textiles and shipbuilding. It was here in fact that the Titanic was built in the Harland & Woolf shipyards. After your tour you drive to your hotel which is located on twelve acres overlooking the coast of Antrim.
Day 6 Bushmills and the Giant’s Causeway
Your driver will be waiting to take you on a scenic coastal route starting with the Nine Glens of Antrim offering spectacular views of valleys, mountains and, most of all, the coastline. A stop at the Bushmills Distillery allows you the opportunity to sample one of Ireland's great contributions to civilization in what is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Suitably fortified you continue along the coast to the strange sight of the Giant's Causeway, a natural phenomenon created from cooling lave over 50 million years ago and yet looking like large columns, carved by hand and placed at different heights next to each other. After your visit your head back to the hotel via the charming town of Ballymena.
Day 7 Welcome to Edinburgh
After breakfast you are driven to the airport where you catch a flight for the brief trip across the North Channel to Scotland and on into its capital, Edinburgh. Upon arrival you are met by your guide who will take you to lunch. After lunch, you stop in Rosslyn which was a major center for the Knights Templar and visit Rosslyn Chapel for a tour and recall the key role Rosslyn played in the ending of "The DaVinci Code" After your tour, your guide will take you to your Edinburgh Hotel.
Day 8 A Private Tour of Edinburgh
After breakfast, your guide will be ready to take you on a personalized tour of both the "old" and the "new" city of Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood House, home to Mary Queen of Scots, The Royal Mile and the famous Princes Street. After lunch the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening you have the opportunity to savor one of Edinburgh's fine restaurants.
Day 9 Perth, the East Neuk of Fife and St. Andrews
After breakfast, your driver will be waiting to take you out into the Scottish countryside. Your first stop will be the country town of Perth situated on the banks of the River Tay. It was, at one time the capital of Scotland where kings came to be crowned. You have a chance to walk its pedestrian friendly shopping area before heading to the coast and what is called the East Neuk of Fife. You will drive around the coast visiting some quaint fishing villages before arriving in the ancient town of St. Andrews. You will visit the ruins of the old cathedral and the grounds of its prestigious university. You have lunch overlooking the old course and the famous club house and have a chance to explore the town and the nearby beach made famous through the opening and closing credits of "Chariots of Fire" before heading back to your hotel.
Day 10 Edinburgh in the Morning, London in the Afternoon
The morning has been left open to allow you some time for shopping with the shops along Princes Street being a key attraction. After lunch at the hotel your guide will pick you up to take you to the airport for the flight to London. Upon your arrival in London you are met by your driver and taken into the city to your hotel located in close proximity to Buckingham Palace.
Day 11 The Tower and the Docks of Dickens’ London
This morning your guide will meet you at the hotel and begin an exploration of London from the time of William the Conqueror to the time of Charles Dickens. Your first stop will be the Tower of London whose original tower was built by William the Conqueror and added to by many other monarchs. In addition to currently being the repository of the Crown Jewels, the Tower has also been the scene of trials, imprisonments and even executions of nobles and Queens, innocents and traitors. Your guide will bring this history to life including the name of the important, but little known American imprisoned here. After your tour you cross Tower Bridge to the south side of the Thames where you have lunch. This is an area of contradictions because one part of the area is made up of futuristic buildings holding London's Mayor's offices while the other dates back to the 18th Century. Shad Thames and Butlers Wharf will take us back into the times of Dickens. In fact, you will visit "Jacob's Island" home to Bill Sikes in Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist". You will visit Cinnamon Wharf and Cayenne Court, reminders of the exotic cargoes that were stored here during the heyday of London's Docks before returning to the hotel. This evening dine out at your choice of one of our recommended restaurants.
Day 12 There’ll Always be an England
Today you will explore London as Capital of the British Empire. Your first visit will be to Apsley house given to the Duke of Wellington by a grateful nation for his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. The house is the last remaining major London townhouse in existence and the top floors are still occupied by the Wellesley family. You will then be taken to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard ceremony. With costumes and bearskin hats dating back to the Napoleonic wars it is British pageantry at its finest. You will then proceed to Trafalgar Square dedicated to Lord Nelson and celebrating the Naval Victory at Trafalgar. Nelson gave his life defeating France at sea and Wellington gained victory on land and was able to enjoy the fruits of his victory into old age. Such is fate. You will then visit Whitehall, site of many ministries and 10 Downing Street famous as the home of the Prime Minister. Your last visit for the day will be the War Cabinet Rooms where Winston Churchill managed the British war effort in World War II while German bombers roared overhead. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 13 A Day at Leisure, a Night of Dining
We have left today open for you to pursue your own activities within London. Whether it is shopping the stores in Knightsbridge and Bond Street or taking time to visit one of London's justly famous museums and art galleries the choice is yours. You might decide to wander through London's many parks and take out a pedal boat on the Serpentine. Your options are many. This evening your driver will meet you at the hotel for a quintessential English tradition, a dinner at Simpson's–in-the-Strand. This heritage restaurant is famous for its roast beef carved at your table from large domed trolleys. If fish is your thing the Dover Sole is also excellent. What better way to end your London visit? After dinner your driver can take you back to the hotel or you may want to spend some time clubbing in the west end.
Day 14 Return to USA
After breakfast your driver will be waiting to take you to the airport for your return flight to the US where you arrive back later that same afternoon.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, London