Majestic Britain & Ireland including Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Majestic Britain & Ireland including Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Wednesday 31 Jul 24 — Monday 19 Aug 24Starting at $10,680Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 02 Aug 24 — Wednesday 21 Aug 24Starting at $10,680Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 08 Aug 25 — Wednesday 27 Aug 25Starting at $11,575Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
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Start your journey in the heart of Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital, with a two-night stay in a luxurious hotel. Set on the banks of the River Liffey, Dublin was founded by the Vikings who named the city Dubh Linn, which means ‘Black Pool’ after the tidal pool that formed where the River Poddle met the Liffey. The city is magnificent with Georgian architecture, grand squares and historic monuments, and is steeped in culture and oozes charisma with a touch of hedonism. 

This morning your local guide will help you discover the history and charm of Dublin on a walking tour. See The Mansion House, the official residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Dublin Castle, which was constructed in the 13th century on the site of a Viking Settlement, and the gardens of St. Patricks Cathedral, the heart of Dublin’s history and culture for more than 800 years. You will also see 19th century Fitzwilliam Square, St. Stephen’s Green Park, the Molly Malone statue, the old Parliament House and City Hall.  Freechoice: Choose how you want to conclude your morning exploration with Scenic Freechoice: Historical Ireland: Discover Dublin’s fascinating past on a guided tour: learn about the Irish Revolution, ‘the Irish War of Independence’, a decade long conflict between the British state and Irish republican guerrillas and visit the EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum to gain a deep understanding of what it means to be Irish. Guinness Storehouse: Visit the Guinness Storehouse and factory to learn how this famous brew is made. After your guided tour, learn how to pull the perfect pint and enjoy a tasting from the 7th floor, which has a spectacular vantage point overlooking the city of Dublin. 

Dublin > Killarney
Today you will travel to Killarney, stopping along the way to visit the 600-year-old Blarney Castle. Explore the castle ruins and see the legendary ‘Stone of Eloquence’, more commonly known as the Blarney Stone. Legend says if you kiss it, you will receive the ‘gift of the gab’. Over the years, famous people such as Sir Winston Churchill, Ronald Raegan and Mick Jagger have puckered up to the ancient stone.    Afterwards, continue to Killarney for a two-night stay, a charming town nestled in a valley surrounded by Ireland’s highest mountain range, the McGillycuddy Reeks.

Ring of Kerry
Today you will experience the gob-smacking scenery of the Ring of Kerry, renowned as one of the most picturesque landscapes in Ireland. Here, the Iveragh Mountains dramatically drop into the Atlantic Ocean, where rolling green hills dotted with cows and sheep, are punctuated by sparkling lakes, grand houses and ancient castles. Watch as tiny fishing villages and off-shore islands come in and out of view as you wind along this 100-kilometre route, which will captivate you at every bend.

Killarney > Galway
Explore the 15th century Bunratty Castle, considered to be the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland, and the adjoining Folk Park, an open-air museum depicting a 19th century village comprising traditional buildings from a modest home to a Georgian residence.     Afterwards, you will drive along the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way to the Cliffs of Moher, a wind-whipped geological wonder that stretch for eight kilometres and soar to 214 metres above the crashing sea below.    Arrive in the vibrant city of Galway for an overnight stay. The only city along the entire 2,500-kilometre Wild Atlantic Way, Galway is a remote, bohemian city that is rich in creative culture. Its cobbled streets are lined with candy-coloured shopfronts, cafes and bars, which serve exceptional Irish food and are alive with traditional music.

Galway > Belfast
Today you will be making your way to Northern Ireland, stopping enroute to visit the Monastery of Clonmacnoise. Founded in the 6th century, it was a university of its time with students travelling here from all over Europe. The ruins offer a rare insight into the monastic life of this period. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs. Continue to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, where you will stay for two nights. Set on the shores of the Belfast Lough and overlooked by rugged Cave Hill, this lively city is the gateway to the dramatic Causeway Coastal Route, is where the Titanic was built and more recently has served as several filming locations for Game of Thrones. 

Belfast is a port city with layers of fascinating history. The city dates to the Bronze Age, but its modern history began in the 17th century, when the 1st Baron of Chichester built a castle here. The next few centuries saw a surge in industry, and the city became famous for ropemaking, linen, ship building (like the ill-fated Titanic) and tobacco; many of the Victorian buildings in the city were once warehouses. The city was severely damaged during the Second World War, and the 1960s saw an uprise in street violence caused by Catholic and Protestant extremists, which continued until the ’90s. Learn about this troubled past during your guided tour today.  Freechoice: Choose one from the following Scenic Freechoice activities this afternoon: Visit the Titanic Belfast museum: Discover the story of Titanic, from its design and build to its fateful ending. You will have the opportunity to hear some fascinating facts about this great ship and learn about its architectural design from the spot where the ship was launched. The museum comprises interactive displays, original artefacts, recreations of staterooms, and the Nomadic, the Titanic’s restored tender ship. Black Cab tour of Belfast: Take a ride in one of Belfasts historic black cabs and learn further about the citys past and present. With the citys history full of conflicts and violence, a local guide will bring you right into the heart of it all and share moving experiences and facts about the cities past and present.

Belfast > Loch Lomond
This morning, cross the Irish Sea by ferry to Scotland, where you will travel to Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s best-known lakes (loch means lake in Scotland) and the largest in Great Britain by surface area. This evening, check into your historic hotel for a two-night stay. 

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond may be known for its breathtaking waterway, but Stirling Castle is one of the region’s most iconic castles. Home to multiple generations of Scottish royalty, including the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, you will walk through the ancient halls of this castle, which possesses a rich storied history. You will see the Great Hall, the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland, and the elaborate Royal Chapel.

Loch Lomond > Inverness
Journey to Loch Ness, a corner of the Scottish Highlands that is known for its dramatic scenery and the fabled Loch Ness monster. Keep an eye out for this elusive creature, also known as ‘Nessie’, a large prehistoric reptile believed to be living in the loch. There have been thousands of alleged sightings since the 1930s, including photographs emerging all the time, though there is no scientific evidence that Nessie exists. Nonetheless, the great folklore of the Loch Ness continues to draw in visitors far and wide. Next, visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, located on the shores of Loch Ness. This was once one of the largest castles in Scotland with more than 1,000 years of history. After exploring the castle site, you will continue to Inverness for a two-night stay. 

Known as Scotland’s Highland Capital, Inverness sits where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth, an inlet of the North Sea. Its history dates to the early Middle Ages when it was inhabited by the ancient Picts tribe. Their name is thought to mean ‘the painted ones’, and there is suggestion that they decorated themselves with tattoos and dyed their skin blue.   Today you will visit the Battle of Culloden Visitors Centre, where you will learn about the 1745 Jacobite rising and hear tales of the battle that is often described as one of the most brutal in Scottish history. Then you will discover 14th century Cawdor Castle, which is still inhabited by the Cawdor family and comprises a moat, drawbridge, turrets and turnpike stairs.

Inverness > Edinburgh
This morning you will depart the Highlands bound for Edinburgh. On the way, you will enjoy a Scenic Enrich experience at Scone Palace. Enrich Falconry Display: Travel to Scone Palace, the capital of the Pict kingdom, the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Scottish kings including Macbeth. You are treated to a delicious morning tea accompanied by an impressive demonstration of Falconry. Known as the sport of Kings this ancient art has a history that dates back almost 4,000 years. Afterwards, continue to Edinburgh, on arrival visit a local distillery to learn how famous Scottish Whiskey is produced. One of the most architecturally beautiful cities in the world, Edinburgh has been Scotland’s capital since the 15th century.  

Explore Edinburgh’s ancient, cobbled streets and well-preserved medieval and classical architecture today during a guided tour. This historic city was founded upon volcanic Castle Rock, where Edinburgh Castle – one of the oldest fortified castles in Europe – sits today. You will visit this impressive castle, as well as Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II.   Tonight, you will have the pleasure of witnessing the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This annual event is celebrated at Edinburgh Castle and is an artistic performance by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands.

Edinburgh > York
Travel to the English city of York today on a First Class train journey. This fascinating medieval city is nestled within ancient city walls and has Roman and Viking roots.   On arrival you will be met by a local guide who will escort you through this delightful city. Walk along The Shambles, a narrow cobblestoned street lined with half-timbered houses and overhanging buildings, with traditional shopfronts that were once occupied by butchers who touted their meats from the front windows. These restored buildings now house cafes and specialty stores selling confectionary, woollen goods, coins, precious stones and even ‘potions’ in a ‘magical’ apothecary.   Afterwards, you will see the impressive York Minster, considered one of the most beautiful gothic churches in the world. It has been northern England’s centre of Christianity since the 7th century.

York > Chester
Today you will travel to Chester, which is home to Britain’s best-preserved city walls that date back almost 2,000 years. It also boasts Britain’s oldest racecourse and largest Roman Amphitheatre. Join a guided walking tour, admiring the city’s historic black and white half-timbered buildings, as well as the Chester Cathedral, originally founded in 1092 and decorated in some of Europe’s most impressive medieval carvings.   Afterwards, you will check in to your hotel for an overnight stay. This afternoon is at leisure, to perhaps spend time wandering the Rows of Chester, the cluster of historic half-timbered buildings that have always been a gathering place to trade, eat and drink.

Chester > Bath
Enroute to the Roman city of Bath, you will stop in the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.?Enjoy an orientation tour to see where the famous Bard was born, learn about his life and see his final resting place. This afternoon you’ll arrive in Bath and check into your hotel?for a two-night stay. The city of Bath has been a spa town since Roman times thanks to the mineral waters with restorative properties that bubble beneath its surface. It was also the home of Jane Austen and was frequented by Charles Dickens.

Discover beautiful Bath on a guided walking tour. The UK’s only city designated as a World Heritage-listed Site, the town is resplendent in honey-coloured Georgian architecture, stately Palladian townhouses and the renowned Roman Baths, constructed in 70AD.   This afternoon is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps you would like to pack your swimsuit and make your way to the contemporary Thermae Bath Spa, to experience the therapeutic waters that make this city world-famous, or climb the 212 steps to the top of Abbey Tower for a panoramic view over the ancient city and surrounding countryside.

Bath > London
On your way to London, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the mythical wonders of Stonehenge, perhaps the worlds most famous prehistoric monument. It is estimated that this World Heritage Site is around 5,000 years old. See the Stone Circle, neolithic villages and learn more at the exhibition.  Afterwards, you will continue to the English capital, London. This inimitable city needs little introduction, being home to some of the most recognisable historic landmarks in the world, including Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Among the city’s 2,000-year history, you’ll find bustling pubs, the charismatic West End theatre district, world-class museums, and the glorious River Thames that snakes through its centre.

Today you will explore London with a local guide, seeing highlights such as Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, the King’s official London residence and where the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place. You’ll also visit the Tower of London, a fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1070, which has been used as a prison, a palace, and is now the home of the Crown Jewels, the nation’s most precious treasure, which we most recently saw at the coronation of King Charles III.  This afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Perhaps you’d like to take a cruise along the River Thames, make a visit to one of the city’s world-class art galleries, relax in Hyde Park, or step inside Westminster Abbey, where some of the most important events in Royal history have occurred.  

Farewell London and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking with you memories of a remarkable journey.  This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such, the journey may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

Check Mark Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.