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Capital Cities of the British Isles – 15 Days

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April 23, October 3, 2018 Double: $6,895, Single: $9,295 (If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.) Book by December 15, 2017 and SAVE $200 pp or book the October departure by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.     TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT The…

April 23, October 3, 2018

Double: $6,895, Single: $9,295

(If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.)

Book by December 15, 2017 and SAVE $200 pp or book the October departure by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.

 

 

TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT

The British Isles are an ancient cultural quilt of history, language, landscapes, and architecture, beautifully stitched together by legend, literature, tradition, and time. Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales have old stories to tell about great battles, rulers, castles, and archaeological wonders. But the British Isles also captivate with brilliant landmarks, cities, innovations, and modernities.

Explore Ireland’s countryside and see where some of the world’s finest horses are bred. Dive into Dublin’s pub scene at the Temple Bar and step back in time at Brú na Bóinne, where earthen tombs and megalithic art mark the spot of 5000-year-old rituals. Admire Belfast’s stunning architecture, a reminder of its time as the hub of the industrial revolution, and wonder at the Giant’s Causeway’s natural hexagonal basalt columns.

Imagine life as a Scottish Lord or Lady at castles Culzean and Tantallon. A guided tour of humble yet gritty Edinburgh includes Edinburgh Castle built atop black Castle Rock, a 700-million-year-old volcano. The entryway is flanked by statues of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, opening to 1000 years of exploration. Tides permitting, visit Lindisfarne, an ancient monastery on Holy Island.

On to England and Wales! You’ll immerse yourselves for 2 days in London’s diversity, take in a guided culinary tour of Cardiff’s ancient fort, modern waterfront, and historical Hayes district, and day-trip to the beautiful English countryside to see ethereal Stonehenge, the august institutions of Oxford, and decadent Bath.

 

London

The cultural heart of Britain, splendid London is as diverse as it is historic. Iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace intermingle with modern art galleries, museums, and world-class shopping, all set against the River Thames. More than 6,000 restaurants dot London’s grid, and 65 of them earn Michelin stars – curry has surpassed Fish and Chips as the #1 English dish!

We stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, a contemporary 4-star hotel a short walk from Trafalgar Square and many other attractions. Your hop-on bus pass lets you explore at your own pace, creating the London getaway of your dreams.

So much to do! London is an endless stretch of antiquities, architecture, fashion, and commerce. Catch a Thames Clipper from the London Bridge pier and head for the vibrant stalls of Greenwich Market, est. 1737 or stroll the South Bank’s promenade, see the contemporary works inside the Tate Modern, London’s most impressive monument and the world’s largest art gallery or stop for a pint in the West End’s historical pubs!

 

 

Price Includes

Return airfare from Toronto, overseas airport transfers, motorcoach transportation, 13 nights accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

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

 

Highlights

• Irish National Stud Farm
• Guided tour of Dublin
• Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre
• Titanic Belfast
• Antrim Coast
• Giant’s Causeway
• Ferry to Scotland
• Culzean Castle
• Tantallon Castle
• Lindisfarne (depending on tides)
• Guided tour of Edinburgh
• Edinburgh Castle
• Train to King’s Cross London
• 2 day hop-on hop-off bus pass in London
• Stonehenge
• Free time in Bath
• Guided tour of Cardiff
• Culinary tour and dinner
• Blenheim Palace
• Guided walking tour of Oxford

 

Accommodation

April:
Dublin: O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel (2 nights)
Belfast: Europa Hotel (2 nights)
Edinburgh: Radisson Blu Edinburgh (3 nights)
London: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton (3 nights)
Cardiff:  Premier Inn (2 nights)
Gatwick: Hilton London Gatwick Airport (1 night)

October:
Dublin: Castleknock Hotel (2 nights)
Belfast: Europa Hotel (2 nights)
Edinburgh: Radisson Blu Edinburgh (3 nights)
London: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton (3 nights)
Cardiff: Park Inn by Radisson (2 nights)
Gatwick: Hilton London Gatwick Airport (1 night)

 

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Capital Cities of the British Isles – 15 Days

Day 1-2: Overnight flight to Dublin, Irish National Stud Farm

Your tour of the capitals of the British Isles begins with an overnight flight from Toronto to Dublin where you will be met by your DeNureTours’ guide. A short coach ride into the rich countryside brings you to the Irish National Stud Farm. Nowhere better symbolizes all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the Irish Stud. It is a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world.

You then travel to Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, where you will settle into your hotel for a 2 night stay. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers at the hotel this evening.

Stay: O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel, Dublin (April), Castleknock Hotel & Country Club, Dublin (October)
Nights: 2
Meals: D

Day 3: Guided tour of Dublin, Free afternoon

Enjoy a guided tour with a local guide who will explain the history and architecture of this amazing town. Then enjoy an afternoon at your leisure to continue to explore some places of local interest on your own, such as the Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, National Museum of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Castle, The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Writers’ Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art, National Leprechaun Museum, Trinity College, and the Book of Kells. The city has something for everyone.

Meals: B

Day 4: Bru Na Boinne Visitors Centre, Titanic Belfast

Traveling into Northern Ireland this morning, enjoy a stop at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre. It is situated on the south side of the River Boyne in the Boyne Valley overlooking the core of the World Heritage Site. The Centre contains exhibitions that describe the society that created the Neolithic tombs, their homes, dress, food, tools and weapons that are found in the area.

Belfast was the engine-room that drove the whirring wheels of the industrial revolution in Ulster. Stone-carved heads of gods and poets, scientists, Kings and Queens peer down from the high ledges of banks and old linen warehouses and home to one of the greatest ship building companies in the world, Harland and Wolff.

You will have the opportunity to visit Titanic Belfast, a one of a kind museum with over nine galleries and multiple dimensions to the exhibition.  After settling into your Belfast hotel, enjoy a delightful dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Europa Hotel, Belfast
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 5: Antrim Coast, Giant’s Causeway, Glens of Antrum

Legends abound as you make your way through 80 miles of rugged cliffs that stretch north, broken only by nine deep green glens each with its own unique  character.  Glenariff, Queen of the Glens, is fairest of them all with the wild beauty of its waterfalls and trail skirting a sheer plunging gorge within Glenariff Forest Park. Continue along the Northern edge of Ireland flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs to the Giant’s Causeway. For centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. Visit the world-famous basalt columns. Unlock the mystery and stories of the landscape in the exhibition area of the award-winning visitor centre. Then return to Belfast and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Meals: B, D

Day 6: Ferry to Scotland, Culzean Castle, Edinburgh

This morning you depart Belfast and cross the Irish Sea to Scotland.

Culzean Castle sits on a dramatic clifftop setting and is a prefect starting place for your visit. The castle, designed by Robert Adam, has a fascinating history. It is surrounded by Culzean Country Park, an extensive estate encompassing lush woodland, landscaped gardens and rugged coastline. This 18th-century Scottish castle couldn’t be better placed.

You then travel across Scotland to Edinburgh, its capital. The city has a medieval Old Town, and an elegant Georgian New Town, with gardens and neoclassical buildings. You are staying in the heart of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

Stay: Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Nights: 3
Meals: B, D

Day 7: Tantallon Castle, Lindesfarne (tides permitting)

A short coach ride from Edinburgh takes you to Tantallon Castle which sits on the edge of the cliffs looking out to the Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth. This formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. Ascend Tantallon’s towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. Then descend into the depths of a particularly grim pit prison. The castle was home to the powerful Red Douglas dynasty, which often clashed with the Crown.

Lindisfarne was founded by St. Aidan, an Irish monk, who started the Monastery on the Holy Island in 635. Today, the island is a thriving community with a busy harbour, shops, hotels and inns. With its ancient associations, its castle and priory ruins, Lindisfarne remains today a holy site and place of pilgrimage for many. The only way onto the island is across a narrow stretch of sand accessible at low tide.

Meals: B, D

Day 8: Guided tour Edinburgh, Edingurgh Castle, Free afternoon

Today, enjoy a city tour with a local guide. Then travel up the cobblestoned Royal Mile to visit Edinburgh Castle. Looming over the city on a dormant volcanic peak sits Scotland’s most famous castle. The castle has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century. The Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510, the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century, and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War.

The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O’ Clock Gun, and the National War Museum of Scotland. You then have a free afternoon to visit some of the many museums, shop or relax.

Meals: B

Day 9: Train to London

This morning board the train in Edinburgh then sit back relax and enjoy watching the English countryside pass by. You will be transferred to your hotel in London where you will have some free time to explore your surroundings before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

Stay: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton, London
Nights: 3
Meals: B, L, D

Day 10-11: Free time

London, England’s capital city, is set on the River Thames and is yours to explore for the next 2 days. With your hop-on-hop-off bus pass, it allows you to travel the city and visit its many sites. London is a 21st century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower, and Westminster Abbey the site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex and the entire city. Your bus pass also allows you to travel down the River Thames by boat to Greenwich where hemispheres meet and royal heritage combines with contemporary architecture. It’s home to a World Heritage Site, London’s prettiest Royal park, and the Prime Meridian of the World – longitude zero. Explore Britain’s momentous naval history at the National Maritime Museum. Fabulous baroque artistry can be found in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. Designer-maker arts and crafts can be bought in Greenwich Market. The beautifully conserved Cutty Sark was the fastest ship of her age. Return to your hotel each night to share your day’s adventures over dinner with your fellow travellers.

Meals: B x 2, D x 1

Day 12: Stonehenge, Bath

Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge which is one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects, come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man, before taking the shuttle to the Stone circle itself.

Spend your afternoon strolling the streets of Bath. Set in the rolling countryside of southwest England and known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture Bath is a delight.

Your coach will then take you to Cardiff the Capital of Wales.

Stay: Premier Inn, Cardiff (April), Park Inn by Radisson, Cardiff (October)
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 13: Cardiff

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a port city on the south coast where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary. The revitalized waterfront at Cardiff Bay includes the Wales Millennium Centre complex home of the national opera, orchestra, theatre and dance companies. Architect Richard Rogers’ modern Senedd building houses the Welsh National Assembly. With a rich history and lots to see and do, you will explore the city  with an expert guide to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to continue your exploration of the city. This evening a special culinary dinner tour has been arranged for you and your fellow travellers.

Meals: B, D

Day 14: Blenheim Palace, Oxford

This morning you travel back into England and visit Blenheim Palace. It was built in the early 18th century to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. The grounds extend over 12,500 acres with the Palace set in 2,000 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. Blenheim Palace is home to an abundance of wildlife, historical monuments, ancient woodland and rural activity. Spend time visiting the house and strolling the gardens.

Oxford is renowned for its stunning architecture and the prestigious University of Oxford. While many of the most spectacular buildings are connected to the university, there is far more to the city than the university campus. Wander its cobbled lanes and immerse yourself in its beauty and history with a local guide to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

A farewell dinner at your hotel tonight allows one last chance to share your adventures with your fellow travellers.

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

Day 15: Fly home

After a hearty English breakfast check in at the airport for your return flight to Toronto.

Meals: B

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