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10-Night Essence Britain and Ireland

Price: From $2,935 Per Person.
10 Nights

On this tour, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Capitals of four countries - London England, Edinburgh Scotland,  Dublin Ireland and Cardiff Wales! Begin with a night in London, undeniably one of the world's great cities. Continue west to a panoramic tour and overnight in Cardiff. Next, cross the Irish Sea by ferry, and overnight in both Waterford and Dublin. After three nights in Ireland, take a ferry from Belfast to Scotland. Spend two nights in Edinburgh, before traveling south to London via an overnight in delightful York. Tours and visits include Stonehenge, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Cardiff Castle, House of Waterford Crystal, Glasnevin Museum, Edinburgh Castle, York Minster, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and even a visit to a working Irish sheepdog farm!

*August 3 to August 17 departures can expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre, and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 10 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
  • Tea and Scones at Jerpoint Park Farm sheepdog trials
  • 6 Dinners Including:
    • Welcome dinner in London
    • Welsh Evening in Cardiff
    • Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
 

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tours of York & Waterford
  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Dublin & Cardiff
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo Reserved Seats (August 3 to 17 Departures)
  • Dublin and London Open-Top Bus Tours
  • Round trip ferry transportation between Britain & Ireland

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • Stonehenge
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Sheep Herding Demonstration
  • Cardiff Castle
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Glasnevin Museum
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • York Minster
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace

London (BIE), 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

Marriott Kensington - London (BIE), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 3 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM


Overnight Location

London (BIE), UK

London Arrival & Orientation
Tour begins 2:00 PM, London hotel. Head out on a panoramic drive around central London to see many famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. In the evening enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.

Cardiff (BIE), Wales

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Cardiff - Cardiff (BIE), Wales

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Cardiff (BIE), Wales

Stonehenge & Roman Baths
Head to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue to Bath to tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, first built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. In Cardiff, enjoy a Welsh evening of local specialties and traditional entertainment.

Waterford (BIE), County Waterford

Accommodation

Granville Hotel - Waterford (BIE), County Waterford

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Waterford (BIE), County Waterford

Cardiff & Ferry to Waterford
After a panoramic tour of Cardiff visit Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic style residence in the 19th century. Journey through the gentle, green countryside to the west coast. At Pembroke Dock embark on an afternoon ferry crossing to Rosslare and on to Waterford.

Dublin (BIE), County Dublin

Accommodation

North Star Hotel - Dublin (BIE), County Dublin

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (BIE), County Dublin

Sheepdogs & Dublin’s Merry Ploughboy Pub
Start the day with a walking tour of historic Waterford. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal. At Jerpoint Park enjoy a sheep herding demonstration and sample scones with tea. Stop briefly in Kilkenny before heading to Dublin. Dine at the lively Merry Ploughboy Pub with an entertaining show.

Dublin (BIE), County Dublin

Accommodation

North Star Hotel - Dublin (BIE), County Dublin

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (BIE2), County Dublin

Dublin Sightseeing & Glasnevin
Tour Dublin city to see elegant Georgian squares with brightly-painted doorways and the General Post Office where the 1916 Rebellion started. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. The afternoon and evening are free to use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one attraction.

Edinburgh (BIE), Scotland

Accommodation

Jurys Inn Edinburgh - Edinburgh (BIE), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (BIE), Scotland

Belfast Sightseeing & Scottish Countryside
Head to Belfast where you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour to see Victorian buildings, the Harland & Wolff shipyards where the Titanic was built and the Falls Road and Shankill residential areas. Take a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Travel through gentle pasturelands to the central belt of Scotland. Stop en route for dinner before continuing to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

Edinburgh (BIE), Scotland

Accommodation

Jurys Inn Edinburgh - Edinburgh (BIE), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (BIE2), Scotland

Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Take a drive around central Edinburgh to see the main points of interest, including the 200-year-old “New Town” with elegant Georgian houses and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 3 to August 17 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

York (BIE), UK

Accommodation

York Marriott - York (BIE), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

York (BIE), UK

Scottish Borders & York
Travel through the charming Borders region with many quaint towns, manor houses, and abbeys. Stop in Jedburgh to see the picturesque ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Continue to York for a walking tour to appreciate narrow streets where the medieval houses almost across touch the street. Tour the stately Gothic York Minster, which dates back to the 12th century and is noted for its magnificent medieval stained glass windows.
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London (BIE2), UK

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton - London (BIE2), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BIE2), UK

Shakespeare’s Birthplace & London
In Stratford-upon-Avon visit Shakespeare’s birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Walk through the furnished house where he was born and take a look around the town with its many black-and-white buildings. Drive through the Cotswolds to London for an independent evening.

London (BIE2), UK

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton - London (BIE2), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BIE3), UK

Extend your Stay in London
Enjoy London sightseeing with an open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes and a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Visit either the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana.
 

Depart From

London Departure (CIE), UK

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


Ireland Vacation Pricing Low Season Mid Season High Season
N/A From $2,940 From $3,075

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 10 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
  • Tea and Scones at Jerpoint Park Farm sheepdog trials
  • 6 Dinners Including:
    • Welcome dinner in London
    • Welsh Evening in Cardiff
    • Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
 

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tours of York & Waterford
  • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Dublin & Cardiff
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo Reserved Seats (August 3 to 17 Departures)
  • Dublin and London Open-Top Bus Tours
  • Round trip ferry transportation between Britain & Ireland

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • Stonehenge
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Sheep Herding Demonstration
  • Cardiff Castle
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Glasnevin Museum
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • York Minster
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace

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 Elegance 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$725.00
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

"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!

Ireland

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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