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13-Night British & Irish Grandeur

Price: From $3,265 Per Person.
13 Nights

On this truly comprehensive 13 night tour, you'll visit five different countries, spending four nights in England, two in Scotland, one in Northern Ireland, five in Southern Ireland and one night in Wales! Highlights include evenings of food, song and dance in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin. Marvel at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - The Giant's Causeway and Roman City of Bath, and enjoy guided tours of four Capital Cities. Tours and visits include Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Alnwick Castle & Garden, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Stonehenge and much, much more!

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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 13 Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sightseeing by Luxury Coach
  • Services of a professional Irish Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS

  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Full Breakfast Daily except on Day of Arrival
  • 8 Dinners Including:
    - Welcome dinner in London
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    - Welsh Evening in Cardiff
    - 4 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 Lunch

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast & Dublin with Local Guides
  • London Open-Top Bus Tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace Visit
  • Reserved Seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August 6 to 20 Departures)
  • Walking Tours of York, Derry, Cambridge, Dublin's Trinity College & Waterford
  • Sheepdog Trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Ferry Rides from Britain to Ireland and across the River Shannon

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • Hampton Court Palace
  • York Minster
  • Alnwick Castle & Garden
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Jameson Experience
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge

London (BIG), UK

Arrive at

London Arrival (CIE), UK

Arrive at London Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
Airport Transfers: If you also book your flight with us when reserving your tour, transfers from/to the airport at the start/end of your tour are included free of charge. If you book your flights independently, a $30.00 per person transfer fee will be added to your tour cost (which covers arrival and departure transfers). Please note that transfers cannot be provided for flights arriving after 12:00 noon. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives after 12:00 noon, we recommend taking a taxi to your hotel.


Accommodation

Park Plaza Riverbank - London (BIG), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BIG), UK

London Arrival & Tour
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Join your tour director for a welcome drink and discuss your trip before dinner.

London (BIG), UK

Accommodation

Park Plaza Riverbank - London (BIG), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BIG2), UK

Hampton Court Palace & Free Time in London
This morning discover the magnificence of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's favorite royal residence. Move at your own pace through the breath-taking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms, vast Tudor kitchens and more. The afternoon and evening are free so you may use your included Oyster card to explore central London by public transport.

York (BIG), UK

Accommodation

York Marriott - York (BIG), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

York (BIG), UK

Cambridge & York Minster Tour
Take a stroll around Cambridge to view some of the famous university colleges, including King’s College, and the Mathematical Bridge over the River Cam. Head north to York for a walking tour to appreciate narrow streets and medieval houses. The stately York Minster, with towers and stained glass, is the highlight of the walk. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.

Edinburgh (BIG), UK

Accommodation

MacDonald Houstoun House Hotel - Edinburgh (BIG), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (BIG), UK

Alnwick Castle & Edinburgh Evening
Head north to visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England. View the lavish State Rooms with a stunning array of artifacts, an exhibit on Downton Abbey, and take a stroll through Alnwick Garden. Travel through the Northumberland National Park and on to your hotel near Edinburgh where you’ll experience a Scottish Evening with bagpipes and fun music.

Edinburgh (BIG), UK

Accommodation

MacDonald Houstoun House Hotel - Edinburgh (BIG), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (BIG2), Scotland

Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” with spacious streets and the compact medieval city along the Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free for independent activities. On August 06 to 20 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Belfast (BIG), County Antrim

Accommodation

Culloden Estate - Belfast (BIG), County Antrim

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Belfast (BIG), County Antrim

Ferry To Ireland & Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Head to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. Tour the city to see Victorian buildings, the impressive City Hall and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built. Step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum chatting to costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts. In the evening head out for a pub dinner at the Cultra Inn on the grounds of Culloden Hotel.
 

Dublin (BIG), County Dublin

Accommodation

Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House - Dublin (BIG), County Dublin

3 Star
Room Type: Double

Overnight Location

Dublin (BIG), County Dublin

Giant’s Causeway & Dublin
Travel through the scenic Glens of Antrim to the Giant's Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava and has given rise to many legends. Head to your Dublin city centre hotel and enjoy a free for individual pursuits and dining.
 

Dublin (BIG), County Dublin

Accommodation

Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House - Dublin (BIG), County Dublin

3 Star
Room Type: Double

Overnight Location

Dublin (BIG2), County Dublin

Dublin Tour & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
This morning tour central Dublin to see spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Take a guided walking tour of Trinity College’s campus and view the priceless Book of Kells. The afternoon is free and in the evening enjoy dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub followed by Irish music and dance.

Killarney (BIG), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Plaza Hotel - Killarney (BIG), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (BIG), County Kerry

Blarney Castle & Killarney
Travel south, pausing for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, with 12th century church ruins. Just outside Cork, visit the famous Blarney Castle and climb to the ramparts to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” You may shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made goods. Continue your drive to Killarney, famous for its exquisite location.

Killarney (BIG), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Plaza Hotel - Killarney (BIG), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (BIG2), County Kerry

Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs
Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and savor a casual lunch. Travel along part of the awesome Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Stop at a sheep farm to see demonstrations of sheep herding and shearing before returning to Killarney where the evening is free.

Waterford (BIG), County Waterford

Accommodation

Granville Hotel - Waterford (BIG), County Waterford

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Waterford (BIG), County Waterford

Jameson Whiskey & Waterford Crystal
Head east to Midleton to tour the Jameson Experience, a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey. Enjoy a sample at the end of the tour. Travel to Waterford and at the House of Waterford Crystal see how glass is blown and cut by master craftspeople. In the evening take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to discover the history of this old port city.

Cardiff (BIG), Wales

Accommodation

Clayton Hotel Cardiff - Cardiff (BIG), Wales

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Cardiff (BIG), Wales

South Wales & Cardiff Castle
Depart Waterford early this morning to catch the ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock. Journey through the gentle, green countryside to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Head to Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate 19th century Gothic-style residence, for a tour of the magnificent and varied chambers. In the evening head to a Welsh evening for dinner and local music and entertainment.

London (BIG), UK

Accommodation

Park Plaza Riverbank - London (BIG), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BIG3), UK

Roman Baths & Stonehenge
This morning drive east to explore the mineral-rich hot springs at Bath. Tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, first built by the Romans 2,000 years ago and revived during the 18th century. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to London and check in to your hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Depart From

London Departure (CIE), UK

Tour Ends at London Airport:
Your tour ends this morning. Fly home from London Heathrow Airport.


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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • Thirteen Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sightseeing by Luxury Coach
  • Services of a professional Irish Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS

  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Full Breakfast Daily except on Day of Arrival
  • 8 Dinners Including:
    - Welcome dinner in London
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    - Welsh Evening in Cardiff
    - 4 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 Lunch

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast & Dublin with Local Guides
  • London Open-Top Bus Tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace Visit
  • Reserved Seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August 6 to 20 Departures)
  • Walking Tours of York, Derry, Cambridge, Dublin's Trinity College & Waterford
  • Sheepdog Trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Ferry Rides from Britain to Ireland and across the River Shannon

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • Hampton Court Palace
  • York Minster
  • Alnwick Castle & Garden
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Jameson Experience
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge

Prices Based On

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single travelers are very welcome on the British and Irish Grandeur Tour - life-long friendships are regularly formed with fellow passengers! Single travelers may have their own hotel room each night at an additional cost of US$1,194.00
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

“Last Minute Trip”

Jul 17, 2019 by Dylan. Your Hometown: Nashville

I had a last-minute work trip that I added a vacation too. Authentic Vacations were quick and found me exactly what I needed. They worked within my budget and it was seamless when I got to Ireland!

“Summer vacation with wife and 14 yr old daughter”

Jul 17, 2019 by C.J. Driggers. Your Hometown: GILBERT, SC

We had an awesome trip to the wonderful island of Ireland. Everything went smooth for us and our agent Lonna set us up with great accommodations. It seemed each hotel/b&b got better as the trip went along! We went for 8 days with 2 in Dublin, 1 in Kinittey, 2 in Killarney, 1 in Dingle, 1 in Doolin, and 1 in Trim before departing for home. My wife and daughter liked Dingle the best, while I thought Killarney offered the best of all worlds. I will say as an American, driving over there is an adventure. Major roadways are not a problem, but I've been on golf cart paths wider than some of the rural 2-lane roads found in the countryside. The only piece of advice I could offer is that when in Dublin, take the hop-on/off tour bus 1st thing around the entire city. Then get off the bus and explore the parts of the city that seem interesting to you. If you stay at the Ashling Hotel, walk across the bridge in front of the hotel and go around the corner of the train station to your right to get on the convertible bus. Knowing this would have saved us several hours as we wasted half a day trying to figure this out on our own.

Jul 17, 2019 by Nancy Foldesi. Your Hometown: Simi Valley

This was our second trip with Authentic Ireland and we loved it even more than our first trip. Aran Islands was a great spot. Rugged and beautiful! Our driver for the 3-day portion was great. Very helpful with great ideas. Our stay in Sheen Falls was magical. The cottage and villa were stocked with everything we needed to make a fantastic breakfast!! Also wine and candy 😎 Michelle was so helpful and gave me wonderful advice. She booked our perfect meal at The Lime Tree!! Perfect family vacation!!

“Ireland Trip 2019”

Jul 17, 2019 by Meghan Fahey. Your Hometown: Vermont

We booked a 10 day stay in Ireland. My boyfriend and I made our first international trip together. We had a great time! I had been to Ireland before, but the itinerary AV made was outstanding. The pace was great for a cross-country road trip and Michael was excellent at listening to our expectations and our wishlist. The Mystical Rose and Mena House were our very favorite B&Bs! Ring of Kerry was spectacular! We never had a bad meal! IT was outstanding to have all the planning stream-lined in one document. We just got back July 1st, and are already talking about Scotland! I had never been to Galway-what an addition to the trip. We saw everything we planned and had enough time to try other experiences. Ireland is getting more touristy by the second, so I would highly recommend planning and booking in advance for as much as possible. There were 2 B&Bs that we were not overwhelmingly enthused by, but they got the job done. We could not have had better weather-only one day of rain! The Blarney Castle was fantastic and driving ourselves was not even that bad. All in all, a great experience!

“40th Anniversary Trip”

Jul 10, 2019 by Kenneth Elder. Your Hometown: Katy, TX

My wife and I spent 16 days traveling all over Scotland. We had an amazing trip! We had read many of Con's blogs and planned many of our activities based on his blog.

Con and his team set up the hotel/B&B stops for us along the way and my wife and I drove the rental car over 1500 miles touring the countryside, castles, distilleries, and sites around Scotland, as we pleased.

Most of the accommodations were very nice, but, like most anywhere you travel in Europe, many of the showers in the bathrooms are more like a phone booth. Very cramped.

Except for being a little warmer than we anticipated, the weather was perfect. Out of 16 days, we had two days of rain.

Driving on the wrong side of the road, from the wrong side of the car, on some of the narrow, single lanes, winding coastal roads, with your wife navigating and yelling at you to slow down, was an adventure all by itself. I wish we had taken a "GoPro" camera to put on the dash to record some of the roads we drove on! Make sure you have an international phone plan or a GPS! Google Maps worked great for us.

As someone else mentioned in their review, the "Spirit of Scotland" dinner show was underwhelming, as was the food, but it was already included in our package. Probably could have spent those 2-3 hours doing something more interesting.

Con was very helpful in helping arrange our trip and gave some very useful tips and insight.

One suggestion I would make to Authentic Vacations for those who are renting a vehicle and driving in Scotland is that they provide some explanation of road signs and some details about highway speed limits. Such as, unless posted differently, the speed limit on Scotland highways is 60 MPH.

AND, in Scotland, the speed limit is in MPH, not Kilometers. Speed cameras are used extensively in Scotland, so mind your speed.

Thanks, Con and Authentic Vacations. We had a wonderful vacation!

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