April 2024 / October 2024
Detailed day by day description
This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.
This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.
The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.
IMPORTANT: - Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
Free afternoon. Our guide will offer you an optional excursion to Windsor Castle.18:00 hrs. In the evening we´ll meet at a meeting point, Piccadilly Circus, to walk with the guide through Leicester Square, China Town and Soho with its atmosphere, its theatres and its entertainment.
20.30 hrs. Transfer back to the hotel from Piccadilly.
Note: In some cases this evening programme might be organised the previous day, upon arrival in London.
Scenery: Picturesque countryside with hills and woods.
07:30 hrs - London –Departure-. We cross the city and travel towards the north of England. Attractive countryside in the English countryside.
10:00 hrs - Cambridge –Arrival-. We have time to admire the beautiful main colleges and have lunch.
12:30 hrs - Cambridge –Departure-. We continue our journey towards the north, with views over agricultural fields and Sherwood Forest, former home of the legendary Robin Hood.
15:30 hrs - York –Arrival-. Passing along the walls that date to Roman times, we walk towards the cathedral. Time to stroll around its lively shopping streets.
17:30 hrs - York -Departure- We continue our journey northwards.
19:30 hrs - Durham –Arrival-. Impressive medieval city. Time to stroll around its cobbled streets in the centre and to discover its cathedral and castle, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Accommodation.
Scenery: Cross into Scotland. Castles, views over the sea.
08:30 hrs - Durham –Departure-. We travel north through England, and pass by the edge of the city of Newcastle.
09:45 hrs - Alnwick .- Medieval town dominated by its large castle. Attractive gardens. This was one of the backdrops for the Harry Potter film. Time to visit the castle (admission not included) or to stroll around. Note: the castle will be shut during the winter months (01 October-31 March).
11:15 hrs - Alnwick –Departure-. Cross into Scotland.
13:15 hrs - Edinburgh –Arrival-. We are now in the capital of Scotland, in one of the liveliest cities in the north of Europe, whose spectacular centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle dominates the city centre, with its cobbled streets and parks. In the summer, the Edinburgh Festival is held, and the city brims with life and its many shows. Free time.
17:30 hrs -Scenic visit round the city with a local guide (occasionally, this could be earlier, being undertaken on our arrival in the city). Later on, we provide a transfer to return to the hotel.
Scenery: Long journey with magnificent countryside of high mountains whose summits are often cloaked in snow, and deep lakes. Keep your camera handy.
Notes: We recommend keeping some warm clothing with you, as this is often necessary to be able to enjoy the boat trip. The timetables for this section can be prone to change depending on the time specified for crossing Loch Ness. At times it may not be possible to take the boat trip, due to adverse weather conditions.
07:30 hrs - Edinburgh –Departure-. We travel towards the high lands in the north of Scotland. We cross over the Forth road bridge. We travel between mountains where we shall see the unique Highland cattle.
09.30 hrs.- Pitlochry- Time for a walk and a coffee, a charming victorian village.
10.00 hrs.- Pitlochry- departure. Later we cross the eastern Highlands. Beautiful landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park. Travel through the city of Inverness.
13:45 hrs - Brachla (Clansman Harbour). "Nessy" (Loch Ness Monster) souvenirs! Time for taking photographs.
Around 14:00 hrs. - we take a boat trip (included) on Loch Ness .- Arrival at Urquhart castle. Ruins of an imposing medieval castle which dominates the lake ( entrance included) .
15:00 hrs - We continue our route and we will cross Fort August and Fort William, the beautiful tourist town at the foot of the Benn Nevis in the highest lands of the United Kingdom. We can also enjoy beautiful views across Glencoe . The last lake we will see will be Lake Lomond.
20:00 hrs - Glasgow –Arrival-. We recommend a walk round the centre of this highly atmospheric city.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:
Groups arriving in Edinburgh from November 15 until the end of February, due to the short duration of the days and frequent snow problems on the roads, will have the following stage:
08:00 hrs. - Departure from Edinburgh to PITLOCHRY (09.45 hrs/ 11.15 hrs), a picturesque city in the center of the Scottish region, where the majority of whiskey is produced. We will visit a traditional whiskey distillery in the area (entrance included). We continue towards STIRLING (12.30/ 15.30 hrs), with an impressive historic center dominated by the great castle (entrance included), one of the most important in Scotland having witnessed numerous historical events, including not only historical battles, but also the coronation of several of its kings. Reservation and tickets included. Time for lunch. After that we will make a stop to photograph The Kelpies, enormous sculptures of two horses with water heads from Scottish mythology. We continue to GLASGOW, arrival at 17.00 hrs., time to walk through the city center and accommodation.
Scenery: Seaside, hills, woods.
Notes: Remember to keep your passport; it will be requested at the point of embarkation. It is helpful if you can travel with some Scottish bank notes. Scotland mint their own notes, as does the North of Ireland. These Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes can be used easily in Scotland and Ireland respectively, but they may not be accepted in England and they are not valid in international banks. That is, if you have any Scottish or Irish notes left over, you will not be able to exchange them outside the United Kingdom. We recommend that you make sure you don´t have any Scottish bank notes left over on leaving Scotland and especially after our crossing to Belfast.
The schedules for this whole stage may vary depending on the boat.
08.00 hrs -Glasgow - Brief tour on the coach while leaving the city and then we travel toward the east coast of Scotland.
In Cairnryan we board a modern ferry to Ireland . Normally the boat leaves at 11.30 hrs. Crossing. The boats are very modern; you can shop in its stores or have lunch in its bars.
13.45 hrs - We get off the boat in Belfast. Arrival in this city of Victorian architecture which reminds us of the difficult coexistence between Protestants and Catholics in this area.- After a look round the Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods that remind us of their troubled past, we visit the famous murals. Free time in the city centre.
16:30 hrs - Belfast –Departure-. We continue to the Republic of Ireland (Eire).
18:30 hrs - Dublin –Arrival at hotel-.
(Note: Occasionally, depending on our time of arrival in Dublin, the sightseeing tour of the city may be made on the previous afternoon).
Countryside: Pleasant countryside, forests, hills, picturesque villages on the way.
08:30 hrs - Dublin –Departure-. We start our trip to Powerscourt, very close to Dublin.
09:15 hrs - POWERSCOURT, with our tickets included, we will visit the magnificent Palace Park designed in the eighteenth century, considered one of the prettiest parks in Ireland with its fountains, its Japanese garden and its pet cemetery.
10:30 hrs - Powerscourt –Departure-. We go on our way towards the south of Ireland, passing through the Wicklow National Park.
12:30 hrs - KILKENNY we have time for lunch and a stroll in this city full of life with its castle, cathedral and beer houses, etc.
14:30 hrs - Kilkenny –Departure-.
15:30 hrs- CASHEL –Arrival-. A mediaeval fortress that symbolises the Irish’s struggle against the English. Tickets included to Cashel Castle-Rock and time in the village.
17.00 hrs - Cashel –Departure-.
18.15 hrs - CORK, Arrival in the evening. Time for a stroll around the centre of Ireland’s second largest city. Dinner in the hotel included.
Countryside: Pretty countryside, above all in Killarney National Park
08:15hrs- Cork –Departure-.
09.00hrs - KINSALE –Arrival, we stop alongside Charles Fort to admire the views over the ocean beside the seventeenth century fortress. After this, we come to the centre of the village considered the prettiest of all of Ireland’s fishing villages. Time for a stroll in the historic centre with its maritime flavour.
10:30 hrs - Kinsale -departure.
12:30 hrs - KILLARNEY, a tourist city in the heart of Ireland. After time for a stroll and to have lunch, we include a romantic ride in a horse-pulled carriage through the national park, amidst gardens and by the lake. In our carriage we come to ROSS CASTLE and its marvellous views by the lake. Here we include a short boat cruise with magnificent views of the lake.
16.00hrs - Killarney –Departure-. We continue on our way. We take a brief stop in ADARE, a small village that maintains its picturesque stone houses with thatched roofs, and the ruins of an ancient abbey.
18.00 hrs - LIMERICK Arrival and free time to stroll by the river, to visit the cathedral or see its castle, etc.
19.30 hrs - Transfer to the hotel, dinner included.
Countryside: Impressive scenery on the Moher cliffs
08:30 hrs - Limerick –Departure-. Near this city.
09.00hrs - Bunraty Folk Park. We include tickets to this open air museum complex, a marvellous park where we will get a glimpse of what life was like in Ireland in the past, it’s typical cottages, its ancient trades and mediaeval castle. Time to stroll.
10.30hrs - Bunraty Folk Park –Departure-. We travel to the coast amidst green scenery and hills.
11.30 hrs- MOHER CLIFFS, overlooking the ocean (entrance included) . Those who want to, can walk to O’Brien’s Tower (tickets not included, sometimes closed because of the weather). Time for lunch.
14.00 hrs -departure.
15.00 hrs - Caherconnel Fort, Arrival at this circular stone Celtic Fort in the heart of the carstic scenery of BURREN NATIONAL PARK. Maybe we can see the display of shepherd dogs, and see how they drove their sheep.
16:30 hrs - Departure. We stop to take photos in this area, where we find the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Our road goes on through attractive scenery and little isolated villages.
18.15hrs- Arrival in GALWAY, time to see the city and its university atmosphere, with a picturesque pedestrian area.
19.45 hrs. - Transfer to the hotel.
09.00 hrs - Galway –Departure-.
10.00 hrs - Cong - Arrival in this small picturesque town in the magnificent area of lakes where John Ford filmed “The Quiet Man”. We will see the ruins of the Royal Abbey and stroll around the fantastic Ashford Castle, now turned into a hotel. Time to have a stroll.
11.30 hrs - Departure. We going towards the centre of Ireland.
13.00 hrs - Clonmacnoise: Time for lunch before we visit the ruins of the Celtic monasteries. (Ticket and tour included).
15.45 hrs– Clonmacnoise –Departure-. We continue on our route.
17.15 hrs - Dublin; Arrival. -
NB: The Clonmacnoise complex only allows a certain number of people to enter at a time. Sometimes your visit may be at a different time, depending on what we are allowed to do. We will adapt the stage for all of the planned visits to be made.
Scenery: We pass through Wales: beautiful maritime landscapes along the Irish Sea. Remember to have your passport to hand; it may be required to enter the United Kingdom.
06.45 hrs Departure from the hotel to board the modern ferry that departs at 08.05 hrs. Crossing of approximately 3 and a half hrs (occasionally, due to technical reasons or because of bad weather, we may take a different ferry).
11.30 hrs Disembark in Holyhead, a port situated on an island in north Wales.
12.15 hrs Caernarfon .- After crossing the Britannia bridge, we arrive at this town, which is a World Heritage Site situated on the seashore, with its spectacular castle that dominates the bay and its medieval streets. This is where those who are in line for the throne have been crowned since the Fourteenth Century ("the Prince of Wales"). Time to walk around and have lunch.
13:30 hrs Caernarfon –Departure-. We follow the coast towards England.
16:30 hrs Liverpool –Arrival and short bus ride through the city, a World Heritage Site and the second port of the United Kingdom.- We suggest a visit to the Beatles Museum (admission not included) so that you can discover this fascinating place and the Albert Dock.
Scenery: Picturesque hilly countryside.
08.00 hrs- Liverpool –Departure-. Travel towards the heart of England.
11:00 hrs- Stratford Upon Avon .- The small town where Shakespeare was born, with its beautiful gardens and Tudor houses. Time, if you wish, to visit the house where Shakespeare was born (admission not included), to stroll around and have lunch.
13:00 hrs - Stratford –Departure-. We cross beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds, with its hills and cottages with thatched roofs.
14:30 hrs- Oxford –Arrival-. Free time in this prestigious University city and to visit one of its spectacular main colleges. Time to stroll around.
16:30 hrs - Oxford –Departure-.
18:00 hrs - London –Arrival-.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.