EU3PMD UK-IE 12D11N LHR-DUB-01
From S$2,990 per person
– Land package only.
– Airport transfers.
– Travel by air-conditioned coach with English-speaking guide.
– Ferry: Scotland to Ireland.
– 3*/4* hotels with daily breakfast.
– Dinner in Cork & Limerick.
– Boat ride: Loch Ness & Ross Castle.
– Includes admission tickets & tours as per itinerary.
|Day 01 – Arrive London|
|Day 02 – London|
|Day 03 – London to Cambridge to York to Durham|
|Day 04 – Durham to Alnwick to Edinburgh|
|Day 05 – Edinburgh to Pitlochry to Inverness to Loch Ness to Glasgow|
|Day 06 – Glasgow to Belfast to Dublin|
|Day 07 – Dublin|
|Day 08 – Dublin to Powerscourt to Kilkenny to Cashel to Cork|
|Day 09 – Cork to Kinsale to Killarney to Adare to Limerick|
|Day 10 – Limerick to Bunratty to Cliffs of Moher to Galway|
|Day 11 – Galway to Cong to Clonmacnoise to Dublin|
|Day 12 – Depart Dublin|
12D11N Europe England Scotland & Ireland
Day 01 ARRIVE LONDON
Upon arrival at London Heathrow Airport, transfer to the hotel and free time for the rest of the day.
Day 02 LONDON [B]
Get to know London on a guided tour. Attractions include (depending on time/traffic/weather) Hyde Park, Oxford Street, the City (financial district), St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, River Thames, Piccadilly Circus, the House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The tour ends in central London and the rest of the afternoon is free. In the evening, we will gather at a meeting point at Piccadilly Circus to walk to Leicester Square, Chinatown and Soho and at Soho you can have your dinner (dining options include Asian restaurants). Return to the hotel from Piccadilly Circus.
Day 03 LONDON – CAMBRIDGE – YORK – DURHAM [B]
We will depart from London, heading north and enjoying the beautiful English countryside as we head towards Cambridge where we will make a stop to enjoy its beautiful colleges and also have time for lunch. After lunch, we will continue on northwards and enjoy views of agricultural fields and Sherwood Forest (Robin Hood?) as we head towards York, a walled medieval city founded by the Romans and rich in history. Enjoy a stroll around York. From York, we will continue on to Durham, a small but lively medieval town with 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – its cathedral and its castle.
Day 04 DURHAM – ALNWICK – EDINBURGH [B]
As we depart Durham and head northwards towards Scotland, we will have a stop in Alnwick, a picturesque medieval town with attractive gardens and dominated by a large castle (Harry Potter fans will surely find it familiar!). Departing Alnwick, we will cross into Scotland arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city whose old town centre is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Free time until late afternoon when a local guide will take you on a scenic walking tour.
Day 05 EDINBURGH – PITLOCHRY – INVERNESS – LOCH NESS – GLASGOW [B]
Today, we will be enjoying the gorgeous landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. At the charming Victorian village of Pitlochry, there will be time for a stroll and coffee. Leaving Pitlochry, we will cross the eastern Highlands enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park. Lunch will be at Inverness, a city near Loch Ness. After lunch, we will board a Loch Ness cruiser (ticket included) at Brachla (harbour), arriving at Urquhart Castle (entrance included) and get a glimpse of medieval life and also enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of what was once an imposing and probably the greatest in the Highlands. Moving on, we will pass through Fort August and Fort William, a tourist town at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest summit in the United Kingdom. As we head towards Glasgow, we will be enjoying beautiful views across Glencoe and the last lake we will see is the highly popular Loch Lomond. At Glasgow, we recommend a walk around the city centre where there is much to see.
Day 06 GLASGOW – BELFAST – DUBLIN [B]
After a brief coach tour of Glasgow, we will head towards Cairnryan to board a ferry for Northern Ireland, arriving in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city and the precise locale where the United Kingdom meets the Republic of Ireland. Belfast is a Victorian city with a rich sense of history and an architectural heritage of Victorian and Edwardian landmarks. After Belfast, we will resume our journey to the Republic of Ireland (“Ireland”) arriving in Dublin, its capital city.
Day 07 DUBLIN [B]
There will be a sightseeing tour of Dublin which includes strolling along the banks of River Liffey (the river that divides Dublin north-south), visiting Dublin’s parks, its old university, its lively downtown streets and Trinity College, an Ivy-League university with awesome stone buildings amidst beautiful landscapes (depending on the duration of sunlight, this visit may take place the afternoon before, upon arrival in Dublin). Free time in the afternoon.
Day 08 DUBLIN – POWERSCOURT – KILKENNY – CASHEL – CORK [B/D]
We will depart from Dublin and head to Powerscourt where we will visit the magnificent Palace Park, considered as one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland (ticket included). From Powerscourt, we will travel southwards through the Wicklow National Park towards Kilkenny where we will have time for lunch and a stroll around this lovely medieval town with a rich brewing history and home to Ireland’s oldest brewery and beer (lots to see in Kilkenny apart from its beer houses!). We continue southwards to visit the Rock of Cashel, a medieval fortress of historical significance and also symbolism relating to the struggles of the Irish people against England (ticket included). Arrival in Cork late afternoon with time for a stroll around the centre of Ireland’s second largest city. (Dinner included).
Day 09 CORK – KINSALE – KILLARNEY – ADARE – LIMERICK [B/D]
First stop for today will be Kinsale where we will stop by Charles Fort, a 17th century fortress, to enjoy great views of the ocean before heading to the historic centre of Kinsale, a seaside town considered as one of the most beautiful coastal/fishing villages in Ireland. We will continue on to Killarney, a tourist town in the heart of Ireland. After strolling around and also time for lunch, we include a relaxing ride in a horse-pulled carriage in the Killarney National Park where upon arrival at Ross Castle, we further include a short boat cruise for you to take in the beautiful views of the lake. Enroute to Limerick, we will have a brief stop in Adare, a small village that has preserved its picturesque traditional thatched-roof cottages and the ruins of its old abbey. Arrive in Limerick around mid-afternoon with time to stroll around its centre where you will have the opportunity to visit its castle, cathedral or shopping centre or walk along its river-bank. (Dinner included).
Day 10 LIMERICK – BUNRATTY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY [B]
We will head to Bunratty. The Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park (ticket included) are renowned for showcasing re-creations – and therefore offering a glimpse – of life in Ireland in the past. From Bunratty, we will head to the coast, arriving at the impressive Moher Cliffs where there will be time for lunch (and even a walk to O’Briens Tower for those who wish to). We will continue on to Caherconnel Fort, a circular stone Celtic fort in the heart of the karstic landscape of the Burren National Park. We will visit the nearby Poulnabrone Dolmen, a large portal tomb (dolmen) and a national monument dating back to around 3,600BC. Enroute to Galway, we will pass by small isolated villages amidst beautiful sceneries. Arriving in Galway, there will be time to enjoy the city with its university atmosphere and vibrant and nice pedestrian area.
Day 11 GALWAY – CONG – CLONMACNOISE – DUBLIN [B]
We will depart for Cong, a small picturesque village located in a magnificent area of lakes and where we will visit the ruins of the Royal Abbey in addition to having a walk around Ashford Castle, a beautiful medieval castle that has been transformed into a hotel. We will proceed on to Clonmacnoise where after lunch we will visit its (Celtic) monastic ruins (ticket and tour included). We will resume our journey to Dublin.
Day 12 DEPART DUBLIN [B]
Transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight.
Escorted tours are usually available every month. Whether you prefer the above itinerary “as-is” or would like to add activities prior to, and/or after the tour, if you will indicate the start/end dates of your intended travel and provide your contact details, we will get in touch with you to discuss the itinerary on a no-obligations basis on your part.