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Isle of Man, Liverpool & Wales – 15 Days

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September 19, 2019 Double: $6,995, Single: $8,695 Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.     The Isle of Man is draped in green, filled with fairies,…

September 19, 2019

Double: $6,995, Single: $8,695

Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp.

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.

 

 

The Isle of Man is draped in green, filled with fairies, and alive with legends of Celtic warriors and Vikings. Run by the world’s oldest government (1,000 years and counting), it was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2016. Guided tours and train treks traverse this remarkable landscape, one of Britain’s best for nature.

We’ll stop at charming Chatsworth House before arriving in Liverpool, a UNESCO Music City. The 1960s were all about the Merseybeat, made famous by Liverpool bands like The Beatles. “Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey,” was a song that topped the charts by Gerry and The Pacemakers. We’ll take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey, the world’s oldest ferry crossing (dating back to the 12th century!) and learn about its fascinating history.

Wales is a rugged land of towering mountains packed with castles. Stroll magical Bodnant Gardens and take part in the Fairy Glen Walk. Hike through Betws-y-Coed, a breathtaking National Park home to some of the most ancient rocks in the world. Tour a slate quarry, zip line, or jump in a raft for whitewater adventure. See Red Kites in Brecon Beacons National Park and wander Stonehenge (where Druids once roamed).

 

Isle of Man

The local lingo is Manx, the cats have no tails, and the Tynwald governs the land (the world’s oldest continuous parliament). Some call it an odd place… and odd it is! One of wholly-unique beauty. Stone walls break the patchwork quilt of green hills and valleys stretching to the Irish Sea. The Raad Ny Foillan (Road of the Gull) coastal footpath links one hundred miles of unspoiled coastline, cliffs, pristine beaches, and quiet villages. Celtic and Viking legends collide with modern-day culture here. Stories of fairies and giants live on today, no doubt inspired by the medieval castles, mountainous landscapes, and thick mist that swirls along the shores. Learn Gaelic, visit an ancient Viking burial ground, discover time-worn Celtic crosses, and listen to locals spin tales of intrigue. Trek windswept trails and scan the rocky shores for wildlife (which includes basking sharks, seals and dolphins), all the while immersing yourself in this magical land. Visit this remarkable gem of the British Isles, a place where imagination lets go.

 

 

Price Includes

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers in England, motorcoach transportation, 13 nights accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 13 dinners, all highlights, DeNureTours tour director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. 

 

Highlights

• Chatsworth House
• Guided tour of Liverpool
• Mersey River Cruise
• Blackpool
• Ferry to/from Isle of Man including guided tour by coach and train
• Castle Visits: Rushven Castle, Peele Castle and Conwy Castle
• Bodnant Gardens
• White-Water Rafting (Click here for a video of our group)
• Steam Train to Ffestiniog
• Llechwydd Slate Caverns
• Zip Lining or a Quarry Tour
• King Arthur’s Labyrinth
• Red Kite Feeding
• Elan Valley Visitor Centre
• Free time in Bath
• Beaulieu Museum
• Bombay Sapphire Distillery

 

Accommodation

Liverpool: Hard Days Night Hotel (2 nights)
Isle of Man: Mannin Hotel (3 nights)
Betws-y-Coed: Royal Oak Hotel (2 nights)
Gwesty: Portmeirion Hotel (2 nights)
Brecon: Llangoed Hall (2 nights)
Bournemouth: Miramar Hotel (1 night)
Gatwick: Hilton Gatwick Airport (1 night)

 

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Isle of Man, Liverpool & Wales – 15 Days

Day 1-2: Flight to Manchester, Chatsworth House, Liverpool

Fly overnight from Toronto to Manchester. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a DeNureTours representative and travel to Liverpool. En route you will stop at Chatsworth House for lunch and a self-guided tour. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner onsite this evening.

Stay: Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool
Nights: 2
Meal: B, D

Day 3: Liverpool Sightseeing, Mersey River Cruise

Liverpool became a borough in 1207 on the east side of the Mersey River. A major world seaport, it was the port of registry for the famous ocean liners RMS Titanic and RMS Lusitania. Years later, Liverpool band The Beatles made the city famous and this part of Britain became synonymous with a music movement called the“MerseyBeat.” We’ll eat breakfast and lunch at the hotel today, letting a local Liverpudlian tour guide bring us up to speed with tales of this fascinating city and its historical sites. Mersey means“boundary”in Anglo-Saxon. The river was the boundary between the ancient kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a one-hour Mersey River Cruise along the famed waterfront with free time to explore before dinner at the hotel.

Meal: B, D

Day 4: Blackpool, Isle of Man

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel to Blackpool and enjoy some free time to explore this pretty seaside resort town on the Irish Sea. Shop, stroll, and have lunch before we head for Heysham to catch a ferry for Douglas on the Isle of Man. This is a four-hour crossing and there is a café on board. We’ll have dinner at our hotel this evening.

Stay: Mannin Hotel, Isle of Man
Nights: 3
Meal: B, D

Day 5: Isle of Man Sightseeing

Wake up on The Isle of Man! Spend the day exploring this incredible Isle on a guided tour. Legend tells of the Celtic sea god Manannan Mac Lir who protected the land from invaders by hiding it in the mist. Known for its rugged coastline, medieval castles (Ruthven Castle and Peele Castle), and a rural landscape that rises to a mountainous centre, the local Manx people keep the island’s superstitions alive, which adds to its charm. We’ll arrive back at the hotel and then walk a short way to Enzo’s Restaurant for dinner. Enzo serves fresh Manx seafood, a selection of cheeses from the Isle of Man Creamery, and cocktails!

Meals: B, D

Day 6: Travel Isle of Man by Train

After breakfast, we’ll see the Isle of Man by train. To start, steam train from Ramsay to Laxey! The island’s beauty is complemented by the narrow gauge railway that runs with its original locomotives and carriages. In Laxey, we’ll board the electric Snaefell Mountain Railway, and have lunch at the summit. Head back to Laxey and on to Douglas for a horse-drawn carriage tram ride. We’ll end our train excursion with a steam train to Castletown with free time to wander and shop before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day 7: ChesterBetws-y-Coed

After an breakfast, we’ll leave the Isle of Man bound for Wales. Guests can grab lunch on the ferry and after a Chester, we arrive at our hotel for dinner. Founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century A.D., Chester’s preserved Roman walls are made of local red sandstone. Shop The Rows and discover Chester Abbey (c.1092). Onto Wales and the breathtaking Betws-y-Coed forested alpine landscape. The Snowdonia mountains all around are stunning. There will be time to shop and browse in art galleries displaying Welsh art before we hike The Fairy Glen, a secluded gorge on the Conwy River.

Stay: Royal Oak Hotel, Betws-y-Coed
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 8: Conwy Castle, Bodnant Gardens

A self-guided tour of the high towers and curtain walls of Conwy Castle fills our morning. Conwy Castle is one of the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. Built on a narrow rocky outcrop, the battlements provide breathtaking views across the mountains and the sea. We’ll arrive at Bodnant Gardens for self-guided tour and lunch at your leisure. The McLaren family’s vision to bring exotic plants to Britain from far away has been well executed over the last 150 years. Generations of McLaren’s, with the help of Puddle Head Gardeners, have created a haven of rare beauty set against the Carneddau Mountains. Walk the trails, admire the colourful gardens, and relax by the river and ponds. We’ll return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 9: White Water Rafting, Portmeirion

Anyone up for a morning of white water rafting (Click here for a video of our group) at the National White-Water Centre? Put on your wetsuit and prepare for the ride of your life on the River Tryweryn, a Welsh mountain river in Snowdonia National Park. We’ll dry off and have lunch in Dolgellau on the way to a walking tour of Portmeirion Village. Portmeirion was a purposeful creation. Architect Clough Williams-Ellis wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Today, Portmeirion is one of Wales’ top attractions. Surrounding the village is 70 acres of exotic woodlands reaching the coast with miles of trails. We’ll check into our hotel this evening for the next two nights.

Stay: Gwetsy Portmeirion Hotel, Gwesty
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 10: Steam Train to Ffestiniog, Llechwydd Slate Caverns, Zip Lining or Quarry Tour

Start the day on a steam train to Ffestiniog. View fantastic forests and mountainous scenery from Porthmadog Harbour to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The demand for slate exploded with the Industrial Revolution and the deep mine tour at Llechwedd tells the story of the men who built an industry that roofed the world. We’ll have lunch at the Llechwydd Slate Caverns Café before your choice of a zip line adventure (underground!), or a tour of the quarry.

Meals: B, D

Day 11: King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Red Kite Feeding

This morning we’ll explore King Arthur’s Labyrinth. Enter a dark stone gateway that leads under the mountains of Southern Snowdonia. A hooded boatman takes us back to the Dark Ages by underground boat. Travel through a magical waterfall to a time of myth, dragons, and giants. We’ll have lunch in Aberystwyth and watch a Red Kite Feeding (Wales’National Bird of Prey) at the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre. Around 50+ birds may be seen gathering before the feed, soaring high into the sky until they start diving onto their food. Red Kites are graceful and easy to spot with their reddish-brown body, angled wings and deeply forked tail. Saved from extinction, Red Kites now live freely in Wales, England, and Scotland.

Stay: Llangoed Hall, Brecon
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 12: Elan Valley Reservoir, Hay on Wye

Kick things off today with a guided tour of the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. The Elan Valley Reservoirs are a chain of man-made lakes that provide drinking water for Birmingham. The water is carried by gravity via an aqueduct. At noon we arrive in Hay on Wye for lunch followed by free time before a walking tour. Hay on Wye was historically known for its cheese and butter markets, as well as its quaint inns and pubs. Return to your hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 13: Bath, Bournemouth

Enjoy some free time to discover beautiful Bath. Completely charming, transport yourself back in time to when the Romans built this part of Britain for indulgence. Lunch on your own – you simply must try a sugary Sally Lunn bun! We’ll continue on to Bournemouth, check in at our hotel and have dinner as a group.

Stay: Miramar Hotel, Bournemouth
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 14: Beaulieu Museum, Bombay Sapphire Distillery

This morning, take in all of the attractions at the Beaulieu Museum. A guided tour takes us around the Palace House, Motor Museum, and for a Train Ride. Enjoy lunch on your own in the café. We’ll continue on to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery to sample world-famous gin in rural Hampshire, arriving at the airport hotel for a final dinner together.

Stay: Hilton Gatwick Airport, Gatwick
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 15: Return Flight Home

After a hearty English breakfast, check into the airport for your return flight to Toronto. You won’t soon forget this magical, remarkable gem of the British Isles.

Meals: B

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