3 May 2019 • 25 Day Britain & Ireland Uncovered • Solo Only Group Tour

  • Pricing

    $11,904 per person without flights   


    $13,454 per person inclusive of return economy class airfares from Brisbane  –  ask us about departing from other capital cities and business class upgrades

    Inclusions

    • Return Economy Class Airfares including Taxes* – business class upgrades available on request
    • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
    • Meals as per itinerary – 22 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
    • Sightseeing Tours and Transfers as per itinerary
    • Tour Escort – travels with group from/ to Brisbane
    • Local English Speaking Tour Guides

    Excludes

    • Any meals, tours, flights, shore excursions or transfers other than mentioned above or in the itinerary
    • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, internet, etc
    • Travel Insurance

    Please note: Airport Transfers are only available in conjunction with the group flights

    Highlights

    • Evening Thames River cruise with welcome dinner

    • Full day tour of London including entrance to the Tower of London

    • Half day trip with a local guide including Windsor Castle

    • Full day trip to Bath, includes Stonehenge & the Roman Baths

    • Oxford Christchurch College

    • Orientation tour of the historic walled city York, includes York Minster

    • Full day sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, includes Edinburgh Castle

    • 1 hour Loch Ness Cruise

    • A visit to Stirling Castle, one of the largest & most important castles in Scotland

    • Half day tour of Glasgow, famed for its Victorian & Art Nouveau architecture

    • Sightseeing tour of Belfast, includes a visit to the Titanic Museum

    • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giants Causeway

    • A visit to the Benedictine monastery Kylemore Abbey

    • On the way to Cork visit the Cliffs of Moher

    • Half day sightseeing tour of Dublin, visiting Trinity College

  • Itinerary

    Days 1 & 2: Brisbane – London via Singapore (D – Day 2)

    This evening we will meet our Tour Escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane International Airport for our flights to London.

    On arrival into London Heathrow Airport we will be welcomed by a representative who will assist with our transfer to our hotel. If our rooms are unavailable on arrival we will leave our bags and take a walk nearby.

    After we’ve checked in and had time to freshen up, we will be transferred to our Thames River Cruise boat for this evenings Welcome Dinner. Hotel – 3* London Hotel

    Day 3: London (B,L)

    Today we enjoy a full day tour of London including entrance to Tower of London.  London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At the centre stands the Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, the site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.

    The Tower of London is officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. A historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London,  it has housed the Crown Jewels in the Waterloo Block since 1994. Some of the pieces are used regularly by the Queen and the display includes 23,578 gemstones, the 800-year-old Coronation Spoon, St. Edward’s Crown (worn during all crowning’s at Westminster Abbey) and the Imperial State Crown.

    Lunch today will be at a local restaurant before we return to the hotel later afternoon. This evening is at leisure. Hotel – 3* London Hotel

    Day 4: Windsor (B,D)

    After breakfast we take a half day trip to Windsor with our local guide. Our visit also includes entrance to Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is one of the royal residences in the English county of Berkshire. It is well known for its long association with the English and later British Royal family and also for its stunning architecture.

    Returning to the hotel we have the remainder of the day at leisure before coming together for dinner this evening at the hotel. Hotel – 3* London Hotel

    Day 5: Bath (B,L)

    Today sees us taking a full day trip to Bath and Stonehenge including entrance to the Roman Baths & Pump Rooms. Bath is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England and is well known for Roman-built baths and 18th-century Georgian architecture. Honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the town’s architecture, including at Bath Abbey, noted for its fan-vaulting, tower and large stained-glass windows.

    Stonehenge is possibly the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages with the first monument being an early henge monument, built approx 5,000 years ago. The unique stone circle is believed to have been erected in the late Neolithic period around 2500 BC. During the early Bronze Age a number of burial mounds were built nearby.

    We will have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to London where the remainder of the day and evening is at leisure. Hotel – 3* London Hotel

    Day 6: London – York (B,D)

    After breakfast and check out we will meet our guide and begin the drive to York.

    On the way we stop in Oxford and a visit to Christ Church College. Despite its name, Christ Church is not a ‘church’, but one of the colleges of the University of Oxford. It is also home to Oxford’s cathedral, which has its own which has its own world-famous choir.

    We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant and then continue our journey to York. Upon arrival we will check in and have the evening at leisure. Hotel – 3* York Hotel

    Day 7: York (B, D)

    This morning we have an orientation tour of York which includes entrance to York MinsterYork is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England. The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and in the 19th Century became a hub of the railway network and a confectionery manufacturing centre.

    The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.

    We return to the hotel and have the afternoon at leisure. This evening we meet for dinner in the hotel. Hotel – 3* York Hotel

    Day 8: York – Edinburgh (B,L)

    After breakfast, we check out and board our coach to Edinburgh.

    Along the way we make a stop at the coastal and quirky seaside town of Whitby in North Yorkshire. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. After lunch we continue to Edinburgh.

    Upon arrival, we’ll check into our accommodation and have the evening at leisure. Hotel – 3* Edinburgh Hotel

    Day 9: Edinburgh (B,D)

    Today we have a full day of sightseeing in Edinburgh including entrance to Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings.

    Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have found evidence of human occupation of the rock since at least 2nd century AD, although what type of early settlement it was is unclear. Since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, there has been a royal castle on the rock and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633.

    Upon our return to the hotel, we will have time to freshen up before we meet for dinner in the hotel. Hotel – 3* Edinburgh Hotel

    Day 10: Edinburgh – Aviemore (B,L)

    This morning after breakfast we check out and journey to Aviemore.

    Along the way we stop in Blair Athol, a village in Perthshire, and take a distillery tour. We will have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on. On arrival at our hotel, we check in and have the evening at leisure. Hotel – 3* Aviemore Hotel

    Day 11: Inverness (B,D)

    We have a morning excursion to Inverness today, including a 1 hour cruise on the Loch Ness. Loch Ness is a very large, and deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands. It extends for approx 37 kms southwest of Inverness and its surface is 16 metres above sea level. Made famous by Scottish folklore, it is said that Loch Ness is home to the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie – keep a lookout!

    Returning to Aviemore we have the afternoon at leisure. This evening we meet at the hotel for dinner. Hotel – 3* Aviemore Hotel

    Day 12: Aviemore – Glasgow  (B,L)

    After breakfast today we will check out and proceed to Glasgow.

    Enroute we visit Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. The castle sits on the top of Castle Hill and is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant before we continue on to Glasgow.

    Check in upon arrival and have the evening at leisure. Hotel – 3* Glasgow Hotel

    Day 13: Glasgow (B,D)

    Today we enjoy a half day tour of Glasgow. A port city, Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland. It’s famed for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city’s 18th–20th-century prosperity. Now it’s a national cultural hub, home to the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums. It also has a thriving music scene.

    This afternoon is at leisure and we will meet early evening for dinner at the hotel. Hotel – 3* Glasgow Hotel

    Day 14: Glasgow – Belfast  (B,D)

    After breakfast and check out we will be transferred to Cairnryan where will board the ferry to Belfast.

    Upon arrival we will met and transferred to our hotel. Our rooms may not be available upon arrival, so we’ll leave our luggage and take a short walk or may wish to relax in the hotel foyer. This evening we will go out for dinner to a local restaurant. Hotel – 4* Belfast Hotel

    Day 15: Belfast (B,D)

    This morning we have a sightseeing tour of Belfast, including a visit to the Titanic Museum. 

    The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the banks of the River Lagan, on the east coast of Ireland. It was here that the RMS Titanic was born, which famously struck an iceberg and sunk in 1912. This legacy is remembered in the renovated dockyards’ Titanic Quarter, which includes the Titanic Belfast, an aluminium-clad museum reminiscent of a ship’s hull, as well as shipbuilder Harland & Wolff’s Drawing Offices and the Titanic Slipways.

    Returning to the hotel we have the afternoon at leisure before meeting for dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Hotel – 4* Belfast Hotel

    Day 16: Belfast – Derry  (B,L)

    After breakfast, we check out and make our way to Derry.

    The ever impressive Giant’s Causeway is a part of our sightseeing today. This area of approx 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption, is a must-see on any trip to Northern Ireland. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987.

    We will have lunch today at a local restaurant. Upon arrival at the hotel we will check in and have the evening at leisure. Hotel – 3* Derry Hotel

    Day 17: Derry  (B,D)

    This morning we will have an orientation tour of Derry. Officially called Londonderry, it is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland. The name Derry is an Anglicisation of the Old Irish name Daire meaning “oak grove”. In 1613, the city was granted a Royal Charter by King James I and gained the “London” prefix to reflect the funding of its construction by the London guilds. While the city is usually known as Derry, Londonderry is also commonly used and remains the legal name.

    We have the afternoon at leisure before meeting for dinner at the hotel. Hotel – 3* Derry Hotel

    Day 18: Derry – Galway  (B,L)

    Today after breakfast we check out, board the coach and begin our trip to Galway. 

    Along the way we stop and visit Kylemore Abbey. Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery that was founded in 1920 within the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

    We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Galway. Upon arrival, check in and relax as we have the evening at leisure. Hotel – 3* Galway Hotel

    Day 19: Galway  (B,D)

    This morning is an orientation tour of Galway. The harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, is found where the River Corrib joins the Atlantic Ocean. The city centre is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting area that is surrounded by shops and pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Close by there are stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries lining the lanes of the Latin Quarter.

    Returning to the hotel this afternoon we have time at leisure. You may wish to explore Galway further or take some time out for yourself.

    Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.

    Hotel – 3* Galway Hotel 

    Day 20: Cork  (B,L)

    Enjoy breakfast before we check out and journey to Cork.

    On the way we visit the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland and run for approx 14 kms.

    After lunch at a local restaurant we will continue on to Cork. Once we’ve checked into our hotel we will have the evening at leisure. Hotel – 3* Cork Hotel

    Day 21: Cork  (B,D)

    This morning we take a Panoramic tour of Cork, a university city with its centre on an island in the River Lee which is connected to the sea through Cork Harbour.

    A highlight today will be a visit to the Cobh Museum. Most exhibitions are mostly permanent and of Irish history. We will find information on the life and times in Ireland throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the mass emigration, the Great Famine, and also about how criminals were transported to Australia for petty crimes.

    We will have time to relax this afternoon before we meet for dinner in the hotel. Hotel – 3* Cork Hotel

    Day 22: Cork  (B,L)

    After breakfast and check out we board the coach for Dublin.

    Enroute we stop at Powerscourt Estate for a visit to their Gardens. Located in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, it is a large country estate that is well known for its house and landscaped gardens, which occupies 47 acres. The house was originally a 13th-century castle and was extensively altered during the 18th century by German architect Richard Cassels, starting in 1731 and finishing in 1741. In 1974 a fire left the house as a shell until it was renovated in 1996. Originally the family seat of the Viscounts Powerscourt, the estate has been owned by the Slazenger family, founders and former owners of the Slazenger sporting goods business, since 1961.

    Following lunch at a local restaurant we will continue our journey to Dublin. Upon arrival we check in and have the evening at leisure. Hotel – 3* Dublin Hotel

    Day 23: Dublin  (B,D)

    This morning we have a half day sightseeing tour of Dublin. The capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating back to the 13th century, and the imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191.

    We will visit Trinity College, officially the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth, is the sole constituent college of the University of Dublin. The college was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. Trinity College is widely considered the most prestigious university in Ireland and amongst the most elite in Europe, mainly due to its extensive history, reputation for social elitism and unique relationship with both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

    We return to the hotel and have the afternoon at leisure. This evening we will meet at the hotel for our Farewell Dinner. Hotel – 3* Dublin Hotel

    Days 24 & 25: Dublin – Brisbane  (B)

    This morning after breakfast we have some time at leisure before we will be transferred to the airport for our flights home.

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