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Heart of the British Isles Tour

16-Day Heart of the British Isles Tour

Below is a brief summary of the itinerary. For a full description, see "Itinerary". The hours in parentheses ( ) indicate time on the motor coach between stops.

DAY 1 - Overnight flight from the U.S.A to London.

DAY 2 - Arrive at London's Heathrow Airport. Meet your tour manager and travel (1 hr) to Oxford. After a stop in Oxford, continue (1½ hr) to your Warwickshire hotel for a Welcome/Get-Acquainted dinner. (Dinner)

DAY 3 - Travel (1¼ hr) through the Cotswolds to Stow-on-the-Wold, a picturesque and charming village. Then it's on to Stratford-Upon-Avon (1 hr). Free time for lunch and viewing of the birthplace of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway's cottage. Optional afternoon excursion to Warwick Castle. Return (¾ hr) to your Warwickshire hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 - Motor north (1½ hr) via the Nottingham area and on to York (1½ hr). Ample free time for visiting the famous York Cathedral, enjoying lunch and individual exploration of this historic city. In the late afternoon, transfer (1½ hr) to your Darlington hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5 - Morning drive (1½ hr) to photo stop at Hadrian's Wall. Cross into Scotland (1½ hr) to the border town of Jedburgh, stop for an 'English Tea' with cakes and finger sandwiches and take the opportunity to visit the Mary Queen of Scots House or to shop at the Jedburgh Woollen Mill. Continue (1¾ hr) to Edinburgh for a 2-night stay. Optional
Scottish Dinner Show excursion. (Breakfast, English Tea)

DAY 6 - Meet your local guide for a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh (3 hrs). The afternoon is free for further individual exploration, shopping and leisure in Edinburgh. (Breakfast)

DAY 7 - This morning, motor (2½ hrs) to Gretna Green for a visit to the Old Blacksmith's Shop. Re-enter England (1½ hrs) stopping for lunch on the way to (1½ hrs) Liverpool. Optional
Magical Mystery Tour excursion.(Breakfast)

DAY 8 - Experience the landscapes of Northern Wales (1 hr), Betws-y-Coed (1 hr), Snowdonia National Park (½ hr) and Caernarfon (½ hr), with a view of the castles built by Prince Edward I. After a lunch break, cross the Menai Bridge (½ hr) for a photo stop and continue (¾ hr) to board your ferry for the two hour crossing from Wales to Ireland. Transfer (¾ hr) to Dublin. Dine on board the ferry or upon arrival at your Dublin hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 9 - A local guide will accompany you around Dublin during your morning sightseeing tour (3 hrs), including a visit inside St. Patrick's Cathedral. The afternoon is yours for individual pursuit. Optional Irish Dinner Show. (Breakfast)

DAY 10 - Travel (1 hr) to the Kildare National Stud Farm and the Japanese Gardens of Tully House. Continue into western Ireland (2 hrs), to one of the country villages for an independent lunch stop. In the late afternoon arrive (1 hr) at your County Kerry hotel. Two-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11 - Travel to the Ring Of Kerry (2 hrs) for a day of spectacular coastal landscapes . After a morning stop, continue to Waterville (1½ hr) for a included lunch. Travel via Sneem (¾ hr) to a local sheep farm hr) Then onto Killarney (1 hr) for independent dinner. Return (1¼ hr) to your County Kerry hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch )

DAY 12 - To Blarney (1 hr) for a visit to village and castle. After independent lunch, travel (2½ hrs) to Waterford for an afternoon arrival and time to explore the town or participate in the optional Waterford Crystal Experience before dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 13 - An early departure is necessary to reach (1¼ hr) Rosslare, ferry to Pembroke, Wales. Travel (2¼ hrs) along the coastal road to Cardiff for a panoramic tour and free time or optional Cardiff Castle excursion. Transfer (½ hr) to your Cardiff area hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 14 - Cross the mouth of the River Severn back into England (1½ hr) and to the Roman Spa town of Bath. Tour the Roman Bath Museum. Then continue (1 hr) to mysterious Stonehenge. Proceed (2½ hrs) to London for a "Farewell Dinner" at the hotel followed by a two-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 15 - Morning sightseeing tour of London (3 hrs). The afternoon is yours for independent sightseeing. Optional London Dinner & Theater excursion. (Breakfast)

DAY 16 - Transfer (2 hr) to the London Heathrow Airport for the return flight to the USA. (Breakfast)