Day 1: Australia – – London
Depart Australia bound for London!
Day 2: London (B)
Welcome to London! Upon arrival at the airport, take a transfer to your hotel. Today you have free time to explore the city at your own pace. Local Hosts will visit your hotel to help you book sightseeing trips and answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you may choose to explore London town yourself. Don’t forget to tick off draw-card attractions such as Big Ben, Tower of London, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace to name a few.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.
Day 3: London – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Plymouth (B, D)
Today see’s the tour journey west for the iconic Stonehenge. The famed Stone Circle stands proud in the in the lush green landscapes of Salsibury Plains, and has an history that spans an incredible 4,500 years. Learn as much as you can about this mystical site, before continuing through Devon on your way to Plymouth.
Day 4: Plymouth (B)
Head out on a tour of this historical port city this morning, visiting the Mayflower Steps and Royal Citadel. Wander around the Cornish Peninsula, stopping in the seaside villages of Looe and Polperro. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure.
Optional: Dartmoor Excursion and Dinner. Drive to Princetown and set your sights on the infamous prison, before continuing on to a local Inn for a drink and a a delicious dinner. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Forgotten Cornwall and Dinner. Travel by ferry to Cornwall before heading to the village of Cremyll. Indulge in a delicious meal at a local Cornish Inn, the Edgcumbe Arms. Admire the picturesque views along the coast to finish off a lovely evening in this stunning seaside region. Additional cost applies.
Plymouth Harbour Cruise. Journey around the harbour of Plymouth, taking in the history and sights shown to you by your skipper. Additional cost applies.
Day 5: Plymouth – Bath – Cardiff (B)
It’s time to depart Plymouth this morning and head for our next stop of Bath. Full of spectacular Georgian architecture and of course, ancient Roman Baths, its a town wrapped in rich history and culture. It’s then on to Cardiff where you’ll have the evening at leisure to get acquainted with this spectacular city.
Optional: Traditional Welsh Evening and Dinner. Indulge in a delicious meal at a 14th century inn called The Blue Anchor, all whilst being entertained by a traditional Welsh harpist. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Welsh Evening at Millennium Centre. Enjoy an evening of entertainment, seeing performances from local singers and musicians. You’ll also have the opportunity to try some local Welsh specialities with a first-class meal. Additional cost applies.
Day 6: Cardiff – Waterford (B, D)
Wake this morning ready to explore the city of Cardiff, including the famed sites of the Principality Stadium, Millenium Centre and Cardiff Castle. Cross the Irish Sea to arrive in Waterford, made famous for their production of gorgeous Waterford Crystals. Tonight, enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel.
Optional: Cardiff Castle tour. Head on a private tour of the mystical Cardiff Castle, constructed in the 1800s by architect William Burgess. Be sure to admire the spectacular views that can be seen of Cardiff. Additional cost applies.
Day 7: Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (B)
Head to the House of Waterford Crystal this morning and watch a demonstration of how this elegant glass is made. It’s then on to Blarney Castle where you’ll have the opportunity to to get the ‘gift of gab’ with a kiss of the iconic Blarney Stone. Arrive in Killarney this afternoon where the rest of the day is yours at leisure.
Optional: Irish Ceilidh Evening. Be entertained with an evening of music, dance and delicious food. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Irish Folk Theatre and Dinner. Embrace the folklore and spirit of the old Ireland’s life with an evening of entertainment and a hearty Irish meal. Additional cost applies.
Day 8: Killarney (B, D)
This morning sees the tour head out for an excursion of the Ring of Kerry, a scenic drive around some of the most spectacular landscapes that line their way throughout the Iveragh Peninsula. Pass through the quaint fishing village of Waterville, Moll’s Gap and the Black Valley, before returning Killarney this evening.
Optional: Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride. Journey through Bourn-Vincent National Park on a traditional pony and trap ride, and learn about the area from your Local Specialist. Additional cost applies.
Day 9: Killarney – Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (B, D)
Next on the agenda is Limerick, home to St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle. Its then on to the sensational Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular display of nature as its finest. Be sure to snap up some pictures of its beauty, before continuing on to Galway.
Day 10: Galway – Co. Donegal (B, D)
Wander through Galway Cathedral this morning, taking in its spectacular architecture. Fun fact, the Cathedral was constructed in 1958 on the site of the old prison! It’s then on to Eyre Square for a quick stroll around. Arrive in Donegal this afternoon where you’ll have free-time before dinner tonight.
Day 11: Co. Donegal – Londonderry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast (B)
We cross the Irish border into Northern Ireland, stopping in Londonderry to meander along its 17th century city walls with a Local Specialist who will also show us the street murals of the Bogside. The mythical stepping stones of Giant’s Causeway are our next stop en route to Belfast where we’ll enjoy an orientation, followed by free time to explore the capital city’s sights.
Optional: Enjoy dinner and drinks in Belfast. Indulge in an evening of delicious food and superb Irish hospitality at a local restaurant. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips. Soak up the atmosphere of Belfast with a stroll through the streets, before enjoying a traditional meal of fish and chips at a historic pub. Additional cost applies.
Day 12: Belfast – Dublin (B)
This morning we’ll spend time with a Local Specialist ‘Cabbie’ who will take us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast. Later, the tour starts heading south for Dublin.
Optional: Dublin Dinner and Cabaret. Enjoy an evening of comedy, song and dance with a spectacular show full of Irish humour. Additional cost applies.
Day 13: Dublin (B)
It wouldn’t be a trip to Dublin without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Enjoy a tour and tasting technique demonstration, before spending the rest of the day however you like. Perhaps take a stroll along Grafton Street, or head to Temple Bar.
Optional: Dinner in Dublin City. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of Dublin’s most locally-loved restaurants. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough. Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 6th century. Your Local Specialist will tell tales and show you around this sacred area, famous for its tranquil beauty amidst the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland. Additional cost applies.
Day 14: Dublin – Chester – Liverpool (B)
Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to the ancient town of Chester, where your orientation tour will take you past its Roman walls and famous half-timbered Tudor ‘Rows’. Gain insights into the life of the local Town Crier before heading to the haunt of the ‘Fab Four’, edgy Liverpool.
Optional: Famous Sights and the Fab Four. Embark on a guided tour of Liverpool, visiting the birthplace of the ‘Fab Four’ – The Beatles! Other attractions include Mathew Street and Mersey Sound. Additional cost applies.
Day 15: Liverpool – Lake District (B, D)
Next up is the pristine Lake District. A spectacular place that has inspired the likes of poets and writers for centuries, its beauty is like none other. Explore the surrounds of Lake Windermere before enjoying dinner back at your hotel tonight.
Optional: Private cruise on Lake Windermere. Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England’s most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Windermere cruise and Steam Train ride. Embark on a cruise of the beautiful Lake District, before enjoying a short steam train ride from Lakeside to Haverthwaite. Additional cost applies.
Day 16: Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (B, D)
Journey to Gretna Green this morning, made famous for the many eloping couples who have exchanged vows over the Marriage Anvil that stands here. It’s then on to Glasgow, Scotland, where you’ll head out on an orientation tour of the city. Top attractions include a stroll through George Square, Falkirk Wheel and more. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
Day 17: Glasgow – Glencoe – Isle of Skye (B, D)
Today sees the tour journey through Glencoe on the way to Isle of Skye. See Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and the 13th Century Eilean Donan Castle, before arriving in Isle of Skye later tonight.
Optional: Loch Lomond Boat trip. Discover the wild beauty of the ‘Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond’. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy’s cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery. Additional cost applies.
Day 18: Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Culloden – Scottish Highlands (B, D)
Travel through the scenic Scottish Highlands via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, home to the mythical monster affectionately known as ‘Nessie’. View the site of the bloody Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites were defeated in 1746.
Optional: Highland Farm experience. Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Isle of Skye drive. Enjoy the opportunity to travel around the Isle of Skye with your Local Specialist. You’ll hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean Island and discover its stories and legends. Additional cost applies.
Day 19: Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (B)
We continue south and stop in Pitlochry before travelling to the historic town of St. Andrews, home to one of the oldest golf courses in the world. We cross the Firth of Forth to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle are included.
Optional: Local dinner. Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Edinburgh by night and dinner. We’ll drive into the old city of Edinburgh to see the city at night with photo opportunities of the Castle and the Grassmarket, famous for historic executions and when possible visit one of the most haunted graveyards and see the grave of Greyfriars Bobby, the famous Skye Terrier. Then, we’ll make our way to a local restaurant for a delicious dinner and drink. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Pitlochry visit of Blair Castle. Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we’ll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe’s last remaining private army. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Blair has hosted royalty from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Victoria. Additional cost applies.
Day 20: Edinburgh (B)
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the town from Castle Rock. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and new Scottish Parliament building.
Optional: Dinner and drive to historic Torphichen. Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Rosslyn Chapel. We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. One of Scotland’s most unusual 15th-century buildings, Rossyln is famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Scottish Show With Dinner. Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There’s even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis. Additional cost applies.
Day 21: Edinburgh – Alnwick – York (B, D)
Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick before stopping in York where we’ll embark on an orientation walk along the picturesque Shambles and to the York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening we enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a grand private home of a Yorkshire family enjoying traditional flavours and hospitality.
Day 22: York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London (B)
The ‘Bard of Avon’ and his legacy take centre stage as we travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre before heading back to London this afternoon closing the chapter on an epic encounter with Britain and Ireland.
Day 23: London – – Australia (B)
Bid London farewell today as you take a transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.
Day 24: Australia
Arrive home today.