April 2022 / October 2022
Detailed day by day description
This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.
Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.
The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.
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 to hand, 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. Here we discover a distillery where we can learn about the process of producing whisky. Entry and whisky tasting included.
Later we cross the eastern Highlands. Beautiful landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park. Travel through the city of Inverness. Time to have lunch.
13:45 hrs - Brachla (Clansman Harbour). "Nessy" (aka Loch Ness Monster) souvenirs! Time for taking photographs. Around
14:00 hrs , we board a cruiser (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.
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).
Landscapes: Pleasant landscapes, forests, hills, picturesque villages en route.
08.30 hrs. Dublin -Departure. We start our journey to Powerscourt, very close to Dublin.
09.15 hrs. - POWERSCOURT. We will visit ( ticket included ) its magnificent gardens , designed in the 18th century and considered the most beautiful gardens in Ireland featuring its fountains, its Japanese garden, and its pet cemetery.
10.30 hrs.- Powerscourt -Departure. We continue our route towards the south of Ireland, crossing the National Park of Wicklow.
12.30 hrs. - KILKENNY we have time for lunch and stroll through this small city full of life, with its castle, cathedral, brewery ...
14.30 hrs. Kilkenny-Departure.
15.30 hrs. Rock of CASHEL, we will stop to visit the impressive medieval fortress that symbolises the fight of Irish people against England (ticket included).
17.00 hrs. - Cashel - exit.
18.15 hrs. - CORK, arriving at the end of the afternoon. Time for a stroll through the center of the second Irish city. Dinner included in the hotel.
Scenery: B eautiful scenery, especially in the Killarney National Park.
08:15 hrs - Cork - Departure.
09:00 hrs. - KINSALE -We will stop by Charles Fort to admire its great vistas of the ocean right by the 17th century fortress. Time in the historic centre of KINSALE , a seaside town, considered by many as one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Ireland.
10:30 hrs. - Kinsale. Departure.
12:30 hrs - KILLARNEY , a tourist town in the heart of Ireland. After strolling around and lunch, we include a romantic horse an d carriage tour of its NATIONAL PARK , amid gardens by the lake. We will take the horse and carriage tour until we arrive at Ross Castle which offers wonderful vistas by the lake. We include a short cruise to enjoy the views of the lake. Afterwards, we will get back en route.
16:00 hrs - Killarney - Departure. We continue our route;short stop in Adare, small village that preserves its picturesque traditional thatched-roof cottages and the ruins of the old abbey.
18:00 hrs. - LIMERICK - Arrival and free time.
19:30 hrs. - Return to the hotel, dinner included.
08.30hrs- Limerick- Departure.
09.00 hrs- BUNRATTY- Ticket included for FOLK PARK a wonderful park where we will learn about how life was in Ireland in the past with its typical cottages and old markets. Its castle stands out as it accurately reproduces how life was in the Middle Ages. Time for a stroll.
10.30hrs- Bunraty Folk Park- Departure. We travel to the coast, green landscapes and hills.
11.30hrs- Cliffs of Moher. Overlooking the ocean. Those who wish it may trek to O’Brien’s Tower (entrance not included, sometimes closed for climatological reasons). Time for lunch.
15.00hrs- CAHERCONNEL Fort arrival to this circular Celtic stone fort in the heart of the karstic landscape of the BURREN NATIONAL PARK . We may have a chance to see an exhibition of how dogs shepherd sheep.
16.30hrs- Departure. We stop to take some photos in this area where the Poulnabrone dolmen i s located.
Our road continues through attractive landscapes, isolated small villages.
18:15 hrs - GALWAY, Time for a walk on arrival to get to know the city and its university atmosphere.
19:45 hrs - Departure to our hotel.
08.45 hrs.- Galway, departure.
09.45 hrs.- Cong - small, picturesque village located in a magnificent lake area where John Ford filmed the movie "The Quiet Man". We will visit the ruins of the Royal Abbey and walk around Ashford castle, a gorgeous medieval castle that has been turned into a hotel. Time to walk and have lunch.
11.15 hrs. - Departure. We continue towards the center of Ireland.
12.45 hrs- Clonmacnoise: we will visit its monastic Celtic ruins. Time to know the enclosure (entrance included).
14.45 hrs - Clonmacnoise -departure. We continue our route.
16.15 hrs.- Dublin; arrival.
NB: Clonmacnoise allows entry to a limited number of people. Sometimes, depending on what is authorized, the schedule of the visit may be changed. In this case, all the schedules of the stage will be modified to be able to carry out all the planned visits.
07:00 hrs Departure from the hotel to board the modern high-speed ferry that departs at 08.45 hrs. Crossing of approximately two hours (occasionally, due to technical reasons or because of bad weather, we may take the 08.00 hrs ferry, in which case the crossing will take three and a half hours).
10:45 hrs Disembark in Holyhead, a port situated on an island in north Wales.
11:30 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.
13:00 hrs Caernarfon –Departure-. We follow the coast towards England.
16:00 hrs Liverpool –Arrival at hotel.- At around 16:45, 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.
07:45 hrs- Liverpool –Departure-. Brief bus tour round this World Heritage Site, taking in some of the iconic sites in the city. 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-.