Capital Cities of the British Isles – 15 Days
Watch for 2018 tour dates released in September! TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT Experience firsthand the vibrancy of the capital cities while you stay in the heart of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Explore Ireland’s countryside with a visit to the Irish National Stud Farm, home to the…
Watch for 2018 tour dates released in September!
TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT
Experience firsthand the vibrancy of the capital cities while you stay in the heart of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
Explore Ireland’s countryside with a visit to the Irish National Stud Farm, home to the some of the world’s finest thoroughbred horses. Step back in time at Brú na Bóinne, a significant prehistoric landscape. Admire Belfast’s stunning architecture, a reminder of its time as the hub of the industrial revolution.
Imagine life as a Scottish Lord or Lady with visits to Culzean and Tantallon Castles. In Edinburgh, enjoy a tour, visit to Edinburgh Castle and free time to explore. Tides permitting, visit Lindisfarne, an ancient monastery.
Immerse yourself in London’s unique vibe. This diverse city offers endless opportunities to explore. An included hop-on bus pass makes getting around easy. Day trips to Stonehenge and Oxford round out your experiences in England.
Your tour ends with a unique touring and culinary adventure in Cardiff with stops in Bath, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace and Oxford included as you journey through the English countryside.
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New: 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 symbolises 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. For well over 100 years, the pride of Tully has been a working stud farm. Its central objective is to produce Irish thoroughbreds capable of being crowned champions at home and abroad. The Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910. 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: The Marker Hotel, Dublin
Day 3: Guided tour of Dublin, Free afternoon
Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, retains some of its Georgian heritage; for example, the characteristic doors. But the real appeal is the Dubliners’ vibrancy and sense of fun. 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 on your own. Places of interest are: 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 and Trinity College and the Book of Kells. The city has something for everyone.
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. It has many innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. From Titanic’s beginning in the ship yards of Belfast, to her watery grave at the bottom of the Atlantic, this museum will stimulate your senses. After settling into your Belfast hotel, enjoy a delightful dinner with your fellow travellers.
Stay: Benedicts of Belfast, Belfast
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
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. It was besieged by both James IV and James V but was ultimately destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in a siege of 1651. Many artefacts are displayed to help tell its dramatic stories.
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 the 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 the afternoon to visit some of the many museums, shop or relax.
Meals: B, D
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
Meals: B, L, D
Day 10-11: 2 day hop-on hop-off bus pass, 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 2
Day 12: Stonehenge, Bath, Cardiff
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. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. 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. A must see is the museum at the site of its original Roman Baths where you can see The Great Bath, statues and a temple. The facility’s Pump Room serves a popular afternoon tea.
Your coach will then take you to Cardiff the Capital of Wales.
Stay: Angel Hotel, Cardiff
Meals: B, D
Day 13: Touring 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, Gatwick
Meals: B, D
Day 15: Fly home
After a hearty English breakfast check in at the airport for your return flight to Toronto.
Double $5,995 / Single $7,595
Return airfare from Toronto, motorcoach transportation, 13 nights accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 dinners, all highlights, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• 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
• Free time in Bath
• Guided tour of Cardiff
• Culinary tour and dinner
• Blenheim Palace
• Guided walking tour of Oxford
Dublin: The Marker Hotel (2 nights)
Belfast: Benedicts of Belfast (2 nights)
Edinburgh: Radisson Blu Edinburgh (3 nights)
London: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton (3 nights)
Cardiff: Angel Hotel Cardiff (2 nights)
Gatwick: Hilton London Gatwick Airport (1 night)
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