Ireland, the United Kingdom and Paris

Duration

14 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Dublin

Available

April 2020 / October 2020

Cities to visit: Dublin; ; Kilkenny; Cashel (Tipperary); Cork, City and County; Kinsale; Killarney; Limerick; Cliffs of Moher; Galway; Caernarfon, Wales; Liverpool; Stratford; Oxford, Inglaterra; London; Paris

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

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.

Day

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:   Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!.   On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel.  You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area. 

IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:   The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.    

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:  Dublin sightseeing. 

Sightseeing tour of DUBLIN , Ireland’s peaceful capital city. We will enjoy a stroll on the banks of River Liffey, visiting its parks, its old university and its lively downtown streets. We will stroll around Trinity College (depending on the duration of sunlight, this visit may take place the afternoon before, upon arrival in Dublin). Free afternoon.
 
Note:   depending on the duration of sunlight, this visit may take place the afternoon before, upon arrival in Dublin .

Total distance covered: 330 km 
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 at the end of the afternoon. Time for a stroll around the centre of Ireland’s second largest city. Dinner in the hotel included. 

Total distance covered: 245 km 
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.

Total distance covered: 190 km  
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. 

11.30hrs - 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.

Total distance covered: 295 km 

090 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.

Total distance covered: 200 Km.   
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 1/2 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.  
13:45 hrs Caernarfon –Departure-. We follow the coast towards England.  
16:45 hrs Liverpool  –Arrival at hotel.- We suggest a visit to the Beatles Museum (admission not included) so that you can discover this fascinating place and the Albert Dock.  

Total distance covered : 400 km.
   
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-.          

A c omprehensive tour of London i s included today. Our visit begins in the early morning.   The contents vary, depending on local guides, traffic and the weather. We will visit Hyde Park, Oxford St, the City, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, the Thames, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. During the visit we will stop at Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard (it is not always possible to see this ceremony).  The visit ends in the central part of the city .  Free afternoon. Our guide will offer you an optional outing to Windsor Castle. 
18:00 h.   In the evening, we will meet at a a meeting point in  Piccadilly Circus  where our guide will accompany you to Leicester Square, China Town and Soho with its amazing atmosphere, its theaters and bustle . Time for dinner in this area with numerous ethnic restaurants (Indian, Thai, Chinese, international, and so on). 

20.30 h.   return to the hotel from Piccadilly.  
Note: In some cases, this evening event will be organised the previous day, when we arrive in London.

Free day. You can enjoy the charm of this city and explore and discover memorable places. 

Distance travelled by road: 505 km 
Landscape: England’s rolling hills and the great plains of northern France. 
Important: Please, have your passport at hand as we will be going through the UK/French frontier. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour once you get to France ( 11h in the UK is 12h in France.)

07:30 h - London – We leave the large metropolis of London and head south-east. 
09:30 h - Canterbury - Arrival- Free time in what is the religious Capital of England. We recommend you explore this beautiful city full of life and traditional architecture, and its important cathedral. 

11:15 h - Canterbury- departure- 
11:45 h - Folkestone - arrival - After clearing Immigration our coach will board a Eurotunnel train, a feat of engineering which links England to the continent in about 35 mins and the longest underwater tunnel in the world. Expected departure time is 12:30 but this may vary. 

14:00 h (13:00 h UK time) - Coquelles (France)- We exit the train and continue by road. Time to have lunch at a service station. 
16:45 h - Amiens - We arrive at this city famous for its Gothic cathedral. Time to visit its lively alleys, floating gardens and Jules Verne’s home at your own pace. 

18:30 h - Amiens - departure. 
21:00 h - PARIS - arrival.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Paris. Boat ride along the Seine. Climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Evening transfer.

09:00h Comprehensive tour of Paris with a local guide, visiting the Champs Elysees, Arch of Triumph, Concorde Square, Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Palace, Garnier Opera House, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Town Hall of Paris, Eiffel Tower, etc. Includes admission to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in the lift.  

The visit is followed by a spectacular cruise on the river Seine which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose.

At sunset enjoy the evening transfer to “Quartier Latin ”, a very picturesque area of the historic centre where a wide variety of international cuisines await you. Return to hotel.

Note:  Because of the tourist attraction of the Tower, there may be important queues at the time of your access. In order to minimize the problem, in some occasions, the ascent to the Eiffel Tower can be given at another time of your stay in Paris.

TODAY´S HIGHLIGHTS: free time in the city of lights.


08.30 hrs.- We go to the centre of Paris , the area of the Louvre Museum.  

Free time to stroll in the city. If you wish, we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the most complete and best-known perfumeries in Paris.
Rest of the day free.

It will be offered for travelers who are interested, an  optional excursion to enjoy in Eurodisney . 

After breakfast, end of our services.


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