United Kingdom, Ireland and Northern France

Duration

15 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

London

Available

April 2020 / October 2020

Cities to visit: London; Cambridge; York; County Durham, England; Alnwick; Edinburgh,Scotland; Inverness; Fort Augustus, Highland; Glasgow; Belfast; Dublin; Caernarfon, Wales; Liverpool; Stratford; Oxford, Inglaterra; ; Mont Saint Michel; Saint Malo; Dinan; Rennes; Angers; Tours; Villandry, Centre; Amboise, Centro Valle de Loira; Chenonceaux; Chambord; Paris

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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

 WELCOME TO LONDON! 
Transfer from airport to hotel.  Later, our guide will give an overview of the tour or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area. 
 

Highlights: Guided tour, changing of the guards. Transfer to Soho. 

In the early morning, comprehensive tour with local guide, lasting two hours and a half. We will see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Trafalgar Sq., Picadilly Sqare, Oxford Street, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace and the famous Changing of the Guard (depending on the time of year).  

Afternoon at leisure.
18.30 h . In the evening, a  stroll through Leicester Square, China Town and Soho , with its atmosphere, its theaters and its entertainment. Sit down for dinner at your preferred restaurant (Indian, Chinese, Thai, in­ternational, and so on) in the lively  district.  Return to hotel. 

Total distance covered: 480 km.
  
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.

Total distance covered: 230 km.
  
 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.

Total distance covered: 530 km.
  
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. 

09.15 hrs.- Pitlochry-  Time for a walk and a coffee in  PITLOCHRY , 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" (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-. Short stroll around the centre of this highly atmospheric city before accommodation. 

Total distance covered: 295 km.
  
 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-.  

Dublin - Sightseeing tour of the city. A guide will tell us about the history of the city, its Georgian neighbourhoods, its bustling city centre streets and the University. Afternoon free in the Irish capital. You will be able to wonder round the lively banks of the River Liffey and visit its museums or the famous Guinness brewery (admission not included).  
(Note: Occasionally, depending on our time of arrival in Dublin, the sightseeing tour of the city may be made on the previous afternoon).

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.  

Distance travelled by road: 440 km 
Landscape: Soothing hills. 
Important: Your luggage will remain in the hold of the coach during the overnight ferry voayage, please, prepare a small piece of hand luggage with immediate necessities. Keep your passport at hand as you will be asked to produce it in order to cross over into France. 

07:45 h - Liverpool –departure- Brief city visit by bus on which we will cover the main landmarks of this Unesco World Heritage city. Then, we continue towards the Midlands. 

11:00 h- Stratford Upon Avon - Shakespeare’s birthplace, full of beautiful gardens and Tudor properties. You can visit the house in which he was born (entrance not included) have a stroll and eat lunch. 

13:00 h - Stratford –departure- We travel past postcard-like rolling hills and thatched cottages. 14:30 h - Oxford –Arrival- Free time to explore this prestigious university town and its old colleges. 

16:30 h- Oxford –departure- 
18:30 h- Portsmouth. We board the modern ferry . Please, remember to keep your travel documents at hand. This ferry has everything you would expect on a cruise ship: game rooms, disco, shops, restaurants, en suite double rooms (bunk beds). Estimated departure time 20:30 h. Thursday morning’s breakfast not included. 

Important: On rare occasions, due to a lack of double berth availability the ferry itinerary may be modified (we will board an alternative ferry). 
Note: In the event we count with very few English speaking passengers on board, the guide assigned to the portion of the journey between Portsmouth and Mont S. Michel may not be fluent in English.

Total distance: 270 km.
 
Countryside: Beautiful hilly countryside and a spectacular arrival at Mont. Saint Michel 

08.00 hrs- We land in Normandy and continue to the marvellous Mont Saint Michel.
09:30rs – Mont St. Michel – We reach the “Marvel”, surrounded by the ocean. Don’t miss a stroll through its narrow streets and a visit to its Abbey, sometimes turned into an island surrounded by the ocean. 
NB: Bus traffic is regulated and parking is away from the town, with access to it on buses from the car park itself. 


12:30 hrs – Mont St. Michel – departure. We go on to French Brittany. 
13:15 hrs – St. Malo. A seaside city surrounded by impressive walls and with an active and beautiful port. Time for a stroll and for lunch.

15:15hrs – St. Malo – departure. 
15:45 hrs – Dinan – Arrival, time in this pretty mediaeval village. 

17.00hrs – Dinan –departure. We travel through inland Brittany. 
18.00 hrs – Rennes. - Accommodation and time in the capital of Brittany. We suggest a stroll around its monumental historic centre.

Distance covered: 335 km.
 
Countryside: Today we are on the course of the River Loire with its interesting villages and castles along the way.    

08.00hrs - Rennes –Departure-  
10.00 hrs - Angers. - Time in this city on the Loire. If you wish, you can visit the castle which has a very interesting tapestry of the Apocalypse.    

11:45 hrs – Angers – departure, we go on our way through pleasant fields. 
13:45 hrs - Tours –Arrival-. We are in the regional capital. You can stroll through its historic centre by the Loire. Time for lunch.   

15:30 hrs - Tours –Departure-.  
16.00hrs - Villandry . Tickets included to the gardens of this great palace . Considered some of the most beautiful gardens in France.   

17:30 hrs - Villandry –Departure-.  
18:15 hrs - Amboise –  Arrival in this picturesque town on the banks of the Loire Valley with a very interesting mediaeval quarter.  Dinner  and accommodation included.  

NB : Sometimes we may stay in Tours, as the hotel capacity in Amboise is highly limited.

Total distance: 258 km.
 
Countryside:   The River Loire scattered with beautiful villages and castles marks our route. Have your cameras ready, we will pass alongside the River Loire and see some castles along the way.   


We will see the Loire region in a little more depth. In the morning, a stroll in Amboise, to the castle of Clos Luce where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last 3 years before his death (entrance not included).

10:30 hrs – Amboise. – Departure. 
10:45 hrs – Chenonceau  –Arrival. Many believe this is the most beautiful castle on the Loire, in the form of a bridge over the river Cher, a tributary of the Loire. Its interior is also magnificently preserved.  Tickets included.     

12:15 hrs – Chenonceau –departure. We continue along pretty local roads to Chambord. 
13:15 hrs – Chambord  –Arrival. Time to see the park of this immense castle on the Loire and for lunch.    

15:30 hrs – Chambord. - Departure.
18:00 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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