Day 1 DUBLIN, IRELAND.
Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! Your Local Host will help you maximize your time in the “Fair City.”
Day 2 DUBLIN.
Morning guided sightseeing takes you past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, along elegant Georgian squares, and statue-lined O’Connell Street. Look out for the effigy of Oscar Wilde, reclining on a huge granite stone and seemingly without a care in the world; or Molly Malone, commemorating the young woman featured in the local ballad Cockles and Mussels. Finally, visit the Old Library at TRINITY COLLEGE, and see the famous 1,200-year-old Book of Kells. It is testimony to Dublin’s literary tradition, dating back over a thousand years, when monks would transcribe the Bible into beautiful manuscripts.
_Dublin sightseeing might take place on Day 1._
Day 3 DUBLIN.
Your Local Host will have some interesting suggestions for your leisure day. Why not let yourself be transported back in time to 7000 BC and visit the National Museum of Ireland with its permanent exhibition on prehistoric Ireland?
Day 4 DUBLIN–LONDON, ENGLAND.
Travel to London by AIR on selected flights.
Day 5 LONDON.
Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Piccadilly Circus; and Buckingham Palace. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the riverbank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Visit ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history.
Day 6 LONDON.
Full day at leisure for you to enjoy the very best of London. Your Local Hosts will have recommendations, like a visit to one of the Tate Galleries. Tate Modern exhibits international and contemporary art, while Tate Britain is home to British art from 1500 to the present.
Day 7 LONDON–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.
Travel to Edinburgh by EXPRESS TRAIN (first class).
Day 8 EDINBURGH.
Morning guided sightseeing introduces you to the 200-year-old elegant “New Town” with its original neoclassical and Georgian period architecture. In the “Old Town,” follow the Royal Mile and visit EDINBURGH CASTLE, perched on top of a rocky crag, the remnants of an extinct volcano. Tour the castle and admire the “Honours of Scotland,” the oldest set of crown jewels in the British Isles and first used for the coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1543.
_Edinburgh sightseeing might take place on Day 7._
Day 9 EDINBURGH.
Ask your Local Host for recommendations on how to make the most of your day—you could visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, once the floating home of Queen Elizabeth II, and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board.
Day 10 EDINBURGH.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.