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Welsh, Irish and Scottish Castles, Tearooms and Pubs Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): Scotland   Ireland   Wales  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Sightseeing  
Season: June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4995 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4995 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates: June 13th - 28th

Highlights include: Bradford-On-Avon, Chepstow Castle, Cardiff, Museum of Welsh Life, Caerphilly Castle, Castle Coch, Kidwelly Castle, Tenby, Manorbier, Pembroke Castle, St David's, Picton Castle, Johnstown Castle Garden, Waterford Crystal Factory, Jerpoint Abbey, Kilkenny Castle, Browne's Hill Dolmen, Kildare, Dublin, Newgrange Megalithic Passage, Irish Linen Centre and Museum, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Moffat Woollen Mills, Traquair House, Abbotsford House, Scottish Borders, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Bentley's Tearoom, Royal Mile,Princes Street, Open Top Tour Bus

16 Days on a small intimate tour of Wales, Ireland and Scotland. This tour is limited to 10-12 people in order to provide a more personal experience. In keeping the tour size small we are able to take advantage of accommodation, restaurant and sightseeing options that would not be available to a larger group. We will not rush you from venue to venue and each tour is designed to spend as little time on the minibus as possible. We will stay in delightful and elegant city guest houses and fine country house hotels. Includes all accommodation, breakfast daily, all listed meals, all entrance fees and admissions,all taxes and guided minibus travel

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 - June 13th - We will all meet at London Heathrow Airport but our adventure starts in South Wales and Monmouthshire. Along the way we stop at The Bridge Tea Rooms in Bradford-On-Avon for Afternoon Tea. We will take some time to investigate this lovely village before we then continue to Wales where we are off to the capitol city of Cardiff. After getting settled into our accommodation we will gather for a Welcoming Dinner tonight
to kick off this tour. Overnight near Cardiff. (L,D)

Day 2 - After a good Welsh breakfast we will visit Castle Coch. The name means Red Castle in Welsh and is truly a fairytale creation designed by William Burges for the 3rd Marquis of Bute. This afternoon we will return to Cardiff where you will board an Open Top Bus complete with guide for a Tour of Cardiff City with hop on and off service taking in Cardiff Castle, National Museum and Gallery, Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay. This evening we visit Cardiff Castle for a *Medieval Banquet. Overnight near Cardiff. (B,D)

Day 3 - Upon leaving the city behind, we visit Caerphilly Castle just north of Cardiff. Caerphilly Castle is one of the great nedieval castles of western Europe and the second largest in Britain after Windsor. A late 13th century castle, it was considered a revolutionary masterpiece of military planning. We then drive through the Breacon Beacons, a National Park with scenery which is both beautiful and diverse - rolling countryside and valleys along with wide open spaces. We will stop for Afternoon Tea in Torpantau before continuing our journey. Our next stop is Gerddi Cae Hir Gardens which is probably West Wales' best kept secret. Situated just a few miles from the coast the gardens sit comfortably in the gentle surrounding countryside. Our coastal drive takes us next to the lovely village of Aberystwyth. Dinner and Overnight near Aberystwyth. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - We will see some breathtaking countryside and spectacular coastline as our drive takes us further north to Harlech and Harlech Castle. As if its spectacular situation, foreboding might, and great power were not sufficient to ensure the fame of this magnificent castle, Harlech is also inseparably linked in Welsh myth with the tragic heroine of Branwen, the daughter of Llyr, of the Mabinogion. We then travel through the beautiful Snowdonia Region of Wales on our way to Caernarfon and Caernarfon Castle. Lunch stop at Portmeirion before we reach Caernarfon. Caernarfon is architecturally one of the most impressive of all of the castles in Wales. Most impressive of all is the Eagle Tower crowned by its triple cluster of turrets. Dinner and Overnight Near Caernarfon. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Following breakfast our first visit of the day is Conwy Castle. Words cannot do justice to Conwy Castle it is by any standards one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe. Conwy's well-preserved castle wall helps the town maintain a medieval character lost by other Welsh castle-towns over the years. Conwy is also home to Britain's smallest house, measuring 10 feet by 6 feet. The structure was used as a residence from the 16th century until 1900 when the owner was a 6ft 3 inch (1.9 meters) fisherman named Robert Jones. Afternoon Tea in Llandudno, a seaside resort which has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour. This afternoon we visit Aberconwy House, the only Medieval Merchant's House in Conwy to have survived the turbulent history of the walled town over nearly six centuries. Dating from the 14th century, The house is the oldest recorded dwelling of its kind anywhere in Wales. Dinner on your own and Overnight near Caernarfon (B,L)

Day 6 - We will stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on our way to the ferry terminal at Holyhead. This small village in Wales has the longest name in Wales and translates to "The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave". Once in Dublin we will take a short drive out of the city to visit Malahide Castle. Malahide Castle is one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland. From 1185 until 1975, it was the home of the Talbot family. This was a remarkable tenure by a single family and is one of the longest in Ireland. In 1169, at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion, Malahide was under the control of Hammund Mac Turkill, the last Viking King of Dublin. Dinner and Overnight Dublin. (B,D)

Day 7 - Following breakfast you will tour the city aboard an Open Top Tour Bus. After the tour you will want to spend time possibly taking in Trinity College and the Book of Kells and also visit St. Patrick's Cathedral or Christ Church Cathedral. The afternoon is free for Shopping on Grafton Street or Henry Street. We will meet this evening for Dinner and Traditional Music Night. Overnight Dublin. (B,D)

Day 8 - Our first stop of the day is at Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb. Newgrange was built about 3200 BC. The kidney shaped mound covers an area of over one acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones,some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. We will stop at Newry for Lunch before heading north to visit the Beaghmore Stone Circles. Beaghmore, "the moor of the birches", was first uncovered in 1945 when 1269 stones were uncovered. Further work in 1965 revealed a total of seven circles, six of which are paired, along with many cairns, some of which have associated stone rows. Dinner and Overnight near Maghera. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - This morning we take in the Causeway Coast with the first stop being Bushmills and the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest distillery in the world! We will take a Tour of the Distillery and end up with whiskey sampling in the 1608 bar. The rest of the day will be spent taking in the splendor of the Northern Ireland Coastline. We will follow the coastline taking in The Giants Causeway where 37,000 basalt columns extend from the cliffs and into the sea. No matter how many times I have seen this, the sheer wonder and magic of the columns never fails to impress! We will continue along the coastline of Northern Ireland on our way to Belfast with a seaside stop for lunch. Dinner on your own and Overnight near Belfast. (B,L)

Day 10 - Today we spend in Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city and one of my favorite European cities! You will board an Open Top Bus for a Tour of the City. You can get off an on all day long with your ticket. You may want to make a lunch stop at the Crown Liquor Saloon, a flamboyant Victorian drinking palace. Belfast's downtown is full of wonderful shops. Other places of interest are City Hall, The Linen Library and St. Anne's Cathedral. After a day of investigating the city we will meet up for Dinner. Overnight near Belfast. (B,D)

Day 11 - This morning we take the ferry from Larne to Troon, Scotland. Once in Scotland, we will Stop for Lunch on our way north. Our northerly drive today will take alongside the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond. We will stop in the picturesque village of Luss nestled beside the loch. We will also drive through the Trossachs and over the Dukes Pass seeing some of the most beautiful landscape Scotland has to offer. Low rolling hills sprinkled with crystal clear lochs around every turn. We will stop at the Scottish Wool Centre before eventually winding up in the wee Trossachs village of Callander. Dinner and Overnight near Callander. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - After a full Scots breakfast we will visit Doune and Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle and famous for Monty Python's The Holy Grail. Next we visit Stirling Castle, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here and the Great Hall and Chapel Royal are wonderful highlights. After Tea at The Tearoom in Stirling we are off to Dunblane and Dunblane Cathedral. The first church was established her by St. Blane in the year 600 and the current cathedral dates from the 12th century. We will then take the leisurely drive to the Highlands village of Pitlochry where you will be able to sample one of the many eateries to be found here. Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 13 - After breakfast we will drive to The Queen's View named after Robert The Bruce's wife Isabel but made popular by Queen Victoria. This is one of the most breathtaking sights in Scotland and will become a favorite of yours. You can't stop here without visiting the Tearoom and having a piece of millionaires shortbread! Next we visit Cluny House and Gardens, a Himalayan and North American woodland garden overlooking the scenic Strathtay valley. Giant Himalayan lilies, blue poppies, exotic arisaemas, skunk cabbages and copious numbers of candelabra primulas grow in profusion here. Next we stop for Tea at Moon and Sixpence in Aberfeldy before we visit Blair Atholl and Blair Castle and Gardens. Bonnie Prince Charlie spent 2 days here in this 700 year old rambling, turreted castle with over 32 rooms open to the public. You can also visit the lovely walled Hercules Garden. This evening's highlight will be Dinner and Performance at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre! Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - This morning we leave the Highlands behind on the way to Perth and Scone Palace, the home of the Earls of Mansfield. Once the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland’s history. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone, Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in Scotland’s crown. This afternoon will find us stopping in Linlithgow to visit Linlithgow Palace birth place of Mary Queen of Scots and also home to The Church of St. Michaels. We will Lunch at The Four Mary's Pub prior to visiting the Palace. The rest of the afternoon and evening free for shopping on Princes Street and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 15 - After breakfast you will take in the sights of Scotland's Capitol City aboard an Open Top Tour Bus where on your way about the city you will see Holyrood Palace, Grey Friar's Bobby and Deacon Brodie's. Edinburgh Castle is a must stop as is The Royal Mile. You will have entrance tickets for the Castle. After an afternoon of taking in Princes Street we will gather for a Farewell Dinner and a Scottish Evening for our last night in Scotland. The evening is complete with Highland dances, song, bagpipes and of course...the
dreaded Haggis. Overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 16 - June 28th - Today we make our way to Edinburgh International Airport to make our way home.

* If there is a banquet scheduled for this evening. We have had our banquet canceled more than once!

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- US$ 4,995 p/p
- US$ 995 single supplement
- US$ 500 p/p deposit to reserve your spot on the tour.

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