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Wonders of Britain and Ireland - Early Payment Discount

Wonders of Britain and Ireland - Early Payment Discount

London, United Kingdom

From: R 33,930.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 33,930.00
  • Trip Reference

    #8836
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    12 Days
  • Valid From

    6th of May 2018 (Sunday)
  • Valid To

    22nd of July 2018 (Sunday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Enjoy a Massive SAVING OF R3770 per person for bookings paid in full by 29 January 2018.

Inspiring tales of ancient history, monuments and magical landscapes, world-famous poets and writers. Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will surely feature a Blarney Stone kiss, swig or two of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District followed by a fitting Shakespearean ending in Stratford-upon-Avon.

About the Holiday

Day 1: London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

Ponder the unsolved mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge this morning, our first stop today as we drive west through the picturesque English countryside to Bath. Admire its elegant Georgian façades and the Roman Baths, from which the city derives its name. Crossing the Severn Estuary to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, we view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay, before seeing the Millennium Stadium and historic Cardiff Castle during our orientation of the city. Enjoy warm hospitality and traditional Welsh pub fare and drinks this evening at a rousing Welcome Reception with your travel companions and Travel Director.

Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2: Cardiff – Waterford

Explore proud Welsh traditions and legends on your full day at leisure in this modern capital. Visit the Victorian Gothic fantasy of Cardiff Castle, at the heart of the city, or delve into the city's fascinating history at the Cardiff Story Museum. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford where we'll dine in our hotel tonight.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3: Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights)

Watch the master craftsmen of the renowned House of Waterford Crystal as they create delicate pieces we will admire first-hand in their workshop during a Cultural Insight. We kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab' before crossing the Kerry Mountains to the colourful town of Kenmare. This evening, we enjoy an unforgettable Be My Guest dinner with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows at Molly Gallivan's 200-year-old cottage.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 4: Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience the enduring beauty of Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula - the emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide an exquisite backdrop for our leisurely drive around what has become known as the Ring of Kerry. See Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap with its panoramic views.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 5: Kenmare – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Celtic art and history take centre stage this morning as we visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of Irish kings for centuries. Perched atop a limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale, the historic ruins house one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. We arrive this afternoon in Dublin, where we will join our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds of an Irish cabaret.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 6: Dublin

Your choice of sightseeing this morning could see you beat the crowds and explore the Guinness Brewery for a tour of the Storehouse including a tasting technique demonstration. Or visit the Little Museum of Dublin, which captures the fascinating history of modern Dublin. The rest of the day is yours to soak up the cosy atmosphere of the Irish capital. Ramble through the buzzing streets of Temple Bar or visit Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers. z

Meals

Day 7: Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

Admire the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to the ancient city of Chester with its characteristic Tudor Rows and medieval walls, which you will have an opportunity to see during an orientation walk. We arrive later in Liverpool, the haunt of the 'Fab Four', joining our companions for a tasty Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 8: Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

The beautiful landscape that inspired Romantic poets provides a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic drive from the lush green hills of Lancashire to the Lake District. Meandering along the shores of Windermere, England's largest lake, we arrive in Grasmere, where William Wordsworth was said to have been inspired to write his famous poem 'Daffodils'. View the grave of this celebrated poet at St. Oswald's Church, then cross the Scottish border and visit the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green. This evening, we arrive in beguiling Edinburgh, where we'll spend the next two nights.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9: Edinburgh Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist this morning for a memorable sightseeing tour of this captivating capital, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on Castle Rock. See Auld Reekie's quaint Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and admire the Georgian façades in Edinburgh's New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the performance at the Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10: Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

We venture south to the medieval market town of Alnwick with its impressive castle and Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits imposingly overlooking the town's beautiful gardens. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland and the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where you'll walk through the charming Shambles, see the medieval walls and York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 11: York – Stratford-upon-Avon

We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon today to see where the 'Avon Bard' was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage before we tread in the footsteps of this legendary writer, enjoying some free time in this quaint town. This evening we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner reminiscing over our very own stories from an unforgettable holiday.

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 12: Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London

Journey to the picturesque Cotswolds this morning to the charming little churchyard at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill's grave. Arriving in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, we'll enjoy an orientation tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and see the famous colleges that make up the university. We return to London this afternoon and bid a fond farewell to our Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a wonderful holiday.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Airport tranfers - Conditions apply
  • 11 nights accomodation at 4-5 star hotels
  • 11 full breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Dublin and Edinburgh

  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

  • Orientation of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford

  • See the Lake District's magnificent scenery and the famous colleges of Oxford

  • View the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon

  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, the town of Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Please note: Tour is based on set departures from 06 May-22July 2018

Excludes
  • International flights
  • Visa cost
  • Travel and Medical insurance
  • Meals not specified
Package Conditions:

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

London

London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city in England. An important settlement for two millennia, London is one of the world's leading business, financial and cultural centres. London is a major tourist destination with four world heritage sites, several royal parks, and numerous iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.

Although there is some evidence of scattered Brython settlement in the area, the first major settlement was founded by the Romans in AD 43, following the Roman invasion of Britain. This settlement was called Londinium, commonly believed to be the origin of the present-day name, although a Celtic origin is also possible.

During summer, London's bountiful green spaces fill up with office workers and tourists enjoying the surprisingly balmy days as cafe tables sprout across a multitude of pavements. During winter, the grey skies and rain can be forgotten for a while in numerous cosy pubs. But spring or autumn are probably the best seasons to visit the city, when clear crisp sunny days often illuminate London and its landmarks, old and new.

Walking the streets of London, or strolling through its parks, one realises that, in a city hailed for its ability to embrace modernity and change, the past is, however, never far away: there are four world heritage sites in London (the Palace of Westminster, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwhich and Kew Gardens) and some 40,000 listed buildings and structures. Three of Britain�s top 10 paying attractions and six of the top 10 free ones can be found in London. The London Eye, since it made its appearance on the banks of the Thames to mark the turn of the millennium, has since become the most popular attraction for visitors to the capital.

London�s nightlife is currently buzzing with everything, from some of Europe�s liveliest nightclubs right through to stylish design bars and traditional old London pubs. Night-time hotspots can be found across the capital, although there is a particular concentration in the West End, where Soho is still the coolest place to drink, although it remains seedy along the edges. Soho is also the best place for gay bars and clubs. Two particularly hip areas in which to drink are the perennially cool Notting Hill/Ladbroke Grove area in the west and the Old Street/Shoreditch area in the east. If a traditional English pub is what you are after, try the 17th-century George Inn, 77 Borough High Street, SE1 - the only surviving example of a galleried coaching inn in London. Nearby, a popular watering hole for patrons of the Globe Theater, tourists and locals is The Anchor, Bankside, SE1. This 17th-century haunt is quaint and quirky, while its Thames-side terrace is a delight on sunny days.

Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 14 December 2017.

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