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13-Night British & Irish Voyager

This inspirational itinerary can be tailor-made just for you. To get started planning your trip, please provide us with some personal specifications.

Visit four separate countries on this fantastic 13 night tour. Begin with two nights in the grand city of London, England before travelling north, via an overnight in Liverpool to Edinburgh, Scotland. Enjoy four nights in Scotland, as you visit the spectacular northern Highlands and Loch Ness. Next, you'll take a ferry to Northern Ireland and visit Belfast en route to Dublin. Spend a total of six nights in Southern Ireland, including time in the scenic west, with overnights in the bustling towns of Killarney and Galway. Tours and visits include St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Dove Cottage, Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Titanic Belfast, Kilmainham Gaol, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher and Dalkey Castle 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
  • 10 Dinners Including:
    - Welcome dinner in London
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Glyde Inn traditional Irish dinner/show
    - Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish Night
    - 6 table d'hote dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin with Local Guides
  • London Open-Top Bus Tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace Visit
  • Reserved Seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August 4 to 18 Departures)
  • Walking Tours of St Andrews, Galway & Dalkey
  • Beatles Tour of Liverpool
  • Scenic Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland
  • Horse-Drawn Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney
  • Dingle Bay Cruise
  • Sheepdog Trials, Tea & Scones at Rathbaun Farm
  • Dublin Open-Top Bus Tour with Guinness or General Post Office Visit

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Dove Cottage
  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St Andrews Cathedral
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dalkey Castle

London (BIV), 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 (BIV), UK

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BIV), UK

London Arrival & Tour
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your guide. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Stop at St Paul’s Cathedral, with its world-famous dome, to tour the awe-inspiring interior. Join your guide to discuss your trip over a welcome drink and dinner.

London (BIV), UK

Accommodation

Park Plaza Riverbank - London (BIV), UK

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BIV2), UK

Tower of London & City Sights
Today plan your own day of discovery around London’s attractions when you take an open-top bus tour. There is a choice of routes, a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms or you may prefer to visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. Dine independently this evening.

Liverpool (BIV), UK

Accommodation

Liverpool Hilton Hotel - Liverpool (BIV), UK

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Liverpool (BIV), UK

Stratford-Upon-Avon & Beatles’ Liverpool
Drive through the Cotswolds, a delightful hilly region with mellow-hued stone houses. Take a panoramic tour around Stratford-upon-Avon to see places associated with William Shakespeare and view charming black-and-white houses dating back hundreds of years. Continue to Liverpool and a local guide will show you around places associated with the “Fab Four.”

Edinburgh (BIV), Scotland

Accommodation

MacDonald Houstoun House Hotel - Edinburgh (BIV), Scotland

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (BIV), Scotland

Lake District & Scottish Evening
Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. In the charming village of Grasmere visit Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived and wrote. Near the Scottish border stop at the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. Enjoy a Scottish dinner and ceilidh, a fun show at your hotel near Edinburgh.

Edinburgh (BIV), Scotland

Accommodation

MacDonald Houstoun House Hotel - Edinburgh (BIV), Scotland

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (BIV2), Scotland

Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. See the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 04 to 18 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Inverness (BIV), Scotland

Accommodation

Columba Hotel - Inverness (BIV), Scotland

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Inverness (BIV), Scotland

St Andrews & Highland Scenery
Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university. Take a walking tour around the town with your guide who will tell you about the famous people and happenings here. Visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Take a break in Pitlochry and continue to Inverness, a major town in the Highlands. Check in to your hotel beside the River Ness in the town center.

Glasgow (BIV), Scotland

Accommodation

Glasgow Marriott - Glasgow (BIV), Scotland

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Glasgow (BIV), Scotland

Loch Ness & Loch Lomond Cruise
Travel south through more wonderful Highland scenery today, passing the shoreline of Loch Ness with views of this deep lake. Drive past Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, and through the towering mountains of Glen Coe, which is famous for the Massacre of Glen Coe in 1692. Take a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond, Britain's largest lake. Enjoy a brief drive around Glasgow before checking in to your hotel in time for dinner.

Dublin (BIV), County Dublin

Accommodation

Croke Park Hotel - Dublin (BIV), County Dublin

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (BIV), County Dublin

Ferry to Ireland & Titanic Belfast
Make an early start this morning as you travel south through Ayrshire to Cairnryan for a short ferry journey to Ireland with your tour group and coach. In Belfast visit Titanic Belfast to learn about the famous liner. Stop for dinner and some entertainment at the Glyde Inn before arriving in Dublin.

Dublin (BIV), County Dublin

Accommodation

Croke Park Hotel - Dublin (BIV), County Dublin

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (BIV2), County Dublin

Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol
This morning tour Dublin to see Georgian squares with elegant row houses, public buildings, public parks and lively shopping streets. Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the afternoon use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour around the city and a visit to one attraction.

Killarney (BIV), County Kerry

Accommodation

The Brehon Hotel - Killarney (BIV), County Kerry

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (BIV), County Kerry

Blarney Castle & Killarney
Travel south through farming country and stop to view the stately Rock of Cashel, which rises high above the surrounding plain. Just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also stop at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving through Macroom and into County Kerry, where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Check in to your hotel in Killarney and relax before dinner.

Killarney (BIV), County Kerry

Accommodation

The Brehon Hotel - Killarney (BIV), County Kerry

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (BIV2), County Kerry

Dingle Peninsula & Cruise
Take a jaunting car ride to majestic Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane. Then discover the scenic Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies – “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away.” Drive to Slea Head at the western tip of the peninsula for spectacular views. Stop in the town of Dingle and embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for more great panoramic views. Return to Killarney and dine at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and watch lively music, song and dance.

Galway, County Galway

Accommodation

Hotel Meyrick - Galway, County Galway

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (BIV), County Galway

Flying Boat Museum & Cliffs of Moher
Visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum to learn about the early days of flight when this was the landing place for Pan Am Clippers. Cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry and then view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. In Galway take a brief walking tour around the city center with a local guide.

Dublin (BIV3), County Dublin

Accommodation

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel - Dublin (BIV3), County Dublin

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (BIV3), County Dublin

Farm Visit & Fitzpatrick Castle Stay
Stop at Rathbaun Farm for tea and scones and watch trained dogs herding sheep. Drive to Dublin and check in to your elegant castle hotel, located on the south side of Dublin. Take a short ride to historic Dalkey Village, now an upmarket suburb for a gentle guided walk and visit the imposing Dalkey Castle. Enjoy a special farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Depart From

Dublin Departure (CIE), County Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning, after which you will depart for home from Dublin Airport.  After check-in, you'll have time to shop at the duty-free stores before boarding your flight for the journey home.


"Amazing!!"

Your Hometown: Dayton

Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.

Honeymoon

byElizabeth TravisAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Blacksburg

My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!

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Your Hometown: Knoxville, TN

I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!

Holiday to Ireland & Scotland

Your Hometown: Sag Harbor

Just wanted to share with all who are interested in booking with Authentic Vacations what a truly wonderful experience we had with our Destination Expert, Michael Erickson... He gave us a wonderful itinerary , with great ideas ,and was quick to email us back when we had questions and last minute revisions ..He was knowledgeable,kind,and made arranging our holiday to Ireland & Scotland a pleasure.. So thank you Michael Erickson & thank you Authentic Vacations.....

Beyond Expectations and Wonderfully Unreal

Your Hometown: AUSTIN

The phrase "Holy F**k" was used on a regular basis as most of the time we spent there paralyzed us from making more sophisticated phrases. Maggie killed it, everything was sorted all we had to do was show up. There were enough plans to keep us on a nice schedule and enough down time to do our own thing. The trip really didn't sink in until day 5 when a few Guinness in we decided to stop into a small tattoo shop next to the pub in the middle of beautiful Doolin. After a few hours chatting and laughing with our artist we left in the midst of a classic evening storm leaving us with one option, back to the pub! As our tattoos healed we drowned ourselves in more Guinness, an incredible dinner and live traditional music. This was my first go at international travel and it was the best decision I've ever made, can't wait for my next trip.

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