25 Day Tour from London to London
Day 1 : Arrive in London, England
Welcome to London. Check into your hotel. Day free to settle in and explore city
on your own.
Day 2 : London
Morning sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament
and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards
and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace.
Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the
Changing of the Guard, if held.
Day 3 : London–Canterbury–Brighton
Depart London in the morning through the orchards of Kent to visit CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL,
where you hear about the Black Prince and Thomas à Becket. Then, in the Regency
seaside resort of Brighton, tour the exotic ROYAL PAVILION, built for the Prince
Regent in the early 1800s.
Day 4 : Brighton–Stonehenge–Plymouth
This morning, visit prehistoric STONEHENGE and its brand-new visitor center before
traveling through Salisbury Plain and along the Dartmoor National Park to Plymouth.
Upon arrival, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the
Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. This evening, enjoy excursion into Dartmoor National
Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub. (Optional)
Day 5 : Plymouth. Cornwall Excursion
A day full of West Country sights as you head through Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall,
where you can enjoy a Local Favorite CORNISH PASTY. After viewing St. Michael’s
Mount, rising boldly out of the sea, take your photos at Land’s End before exploring
the popular seaside resort of St. Ives.
Day 6 : Plymouth–Glastonbury–Bath–Newport, Wales
At Glastonbury, hear about King Arthur, and in Bath, see the amazing excavations
of the ROMAN BATHS. Overnight is in Newport.
Day 7 : Newport–Brecon–Carmarthen–Waterford, Ireland
Your journey through Wales takes you north along the Taff Valley and through Brecon,
a historical market town in the Brecon Beacons National Park, to Carmarthen and
then to Fishguard. Cross St. George’s Channel to Rosslare in Ireland and proceed
to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner, you
may enjoy Local Favorite IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Day 8 : Waterford–Blarney–Killarney
In Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, there is time to walk up to
the castle and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts before continuing to the
popular resort town of Killarney, your County Kerry base for the next three nights.
Day 9 : At Leisure in Killarney
A full day to relax or join an optional excursion that includes a horse-drawn jaunting
car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, and a boat ride to Innisfallen
Abbey and across the lakes to Muckross House. After lunch on your own, the excursion
continues with a visit to the house and gardens, returning to your hotel mid-afternoon.
Day 10 : Killarney. Ring of Kerry Excursion
Start a scenic day with a drive to Killorglin on Dingle Bay, and join the spectacular
RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip.
Take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View.
Day 11 : Killarney–Dingle Penninsula–Adare–Limerick
Breathtaking scenery on Dingle Peninsula. At the BLASKET ISLANDS CENTRE, learn about
the way of life on the remote islands evacuated by its inhabitants in 1953. Via
quaint Adare, head for the city of Limerick.
Day 12 : Limerick–Cliffs of Moher–Galway-Knock–Sligo
Proceed to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic.
Via the limestone plateau of The Burren and Galway—a popular seaside destination
and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with cobblestone streets, colorful shops, and
a busy café and bar culture—reach Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all
over the world. Then, spend the night in Sligo.
Day 13 : Sligo–Drumcliff–Belleek, Northern Ireland–Derry-Giant's Causeway–Belfast
A fascinating day today: the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff;
BELLEEK POTTERY, renowned for its exquisite Parian china; Derry, one of the finest
examples of a walled city; and awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands
of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Overnight in the vibrant
city of Belfast.
Day 14 : Belfast–Downpatrick–Dublin, Ireland
This morning’s highlights are a visit to the fascinating TITANIC EXHIBITION. Learn
all about the building of the largest passenger steamship, its maiden voyage, and
the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Travel to Downpatrick and visit the inspiring
SAINT PATRICK CENTRE before you drive back again into the Republic. You may enjoy
a cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter.
Day 15 : Dublin
Drive of the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian
Squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon
is at leisure.
Day 16 : Dublin–North Wales–Liverpool, England
Back across the Irish Sea for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair on the Welsh
Isle of Anglesey, a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, over spectacular
Llanberis Pass, and via pretty Betws-y-Coed to Liverpool.
Day 17 : Liverpool–Grasmere–Gretna Green, Scotland–Glasgow
Start the day with a visit to the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey
into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Enter the tranquil Lake
District, and in Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, try Local Favorite GRASMERE
GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and to Gretna Green, where
the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Overnight is in Glasgow. (Breakfast,
DAY 18Glasgow–Fort William–Isle of Skye–Inverness
Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe,
and Fort William, and follow the “Road to the Isles” to Mallaig, where you board
your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye. Visit the MUSEUM OF THE ISLES,
then return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to Inverness.
DAY 19Inverness. Highlands Excursion
Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE the story unfolds
of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans.
Then, call at CAWDOR CASTLE, set in stunning grounds with beautiful gardens, and
home to the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day
is at leisure. Our recommendation would be to join the Loch Ness optional excursion,
which includes a cruise on the loch. (Breakfast) DAY 20Inverness–Braemar–St.
Main features today: Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games;
St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing;
and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, an optional Scottish evening with
Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New
Town” as well as the “Old Town.” Drive up the narrow Royal Mile to visit EDINBURGH
CASTLE, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). The
afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique
optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect residence
for the Queen’s glittering state visits and family vacations, and enjoy dinner at
a local restaurant. (Breakfast) DAY 22Edinburgh–Jedburgh–York, England
This morning, visit FLOORS CASTLE, the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s family home
and largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Later, pass the house of Mary, Queen of
Scots, see a section of Hadrian’s Wall, and in York, England’s most complete medieval
city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the
narrow Shambles. (Breakfast, Dinner) DAY 23York–Coventry–Stratford-Upon-Avon
In Coventry, view the splendid modern cathedral, which rose from the rubble of severe
World War II bombings, and in Stratford-upon-Avon, take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s
Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. (Breakfast, Dinner) DAY 24Stratford-Upon-Avon–London
A final highlight: enjoy a guided tour of magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, birthplace
of Sir Winston Churchill, and there is also time to explore the landscaped parkland.
Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation
by taking in a West End show? (Breakfast) DAY 25London
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)