United Kingdom, Ireland and Northern France

Duration

15 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

London

Available

April 2024 / October 2024

Cities to visit: London; Cambridge; York; County Durham, England; Alnwick; Edinburgh; 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, castle; Chambord; Paris

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

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.

Day
Welcome to Europamundo! We’ll transfer you to the hotel and you’ll have some free time. In the afternoon, you’ll find information about the start of your tour on the boards located at the hotel reception.
IMPORTANT: Please note that hotel check-in time is typically at 14:00 p.m. If you need early room access, consider booking an additional night at the start of your trip.
If you have booked additional nights, your room will be prepared upon arrival, but your trip guide will generally only contact you when the scheduled activities begin. At reception, you’ll find a sign with contact details and assistance hours for our staff. Until the tour begins, your schedule is free, and the hotel staff can assist with any inquiries.
Optional activities: During your trip, your guide may offer optional activities. We recommend booking these activities well in advance through the Europamundo app or your "My Trip" link to ensure availability. Last-minute bookings may result in limited availability (e.g., tickets, coach seats).
Note: The timings in this itinerary are indicative. The guide may adjust schedules as needed to make sure you have the best experience.
City tour of London. We’ll start our tour first thing in the morning. The itinerary will vary depending on the local guides, traffic, and weather. You’ll visit Hyde Park, Oxford Street, the City, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, the Thames, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. During the tour, we’ll stop at Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard (though sometimes this ceremony does not take place). We’ll end the tour in the city center. In the afternoon, you´ll have free time, with the option to join our guide for an excursion to Windsor Castle.
06:00 p.m. We’ll meet at Piccadilly Circus for a guided walk through Leicester Square, Chinatown, and Soho, enjoying its vibrant atmosphere, theaters, and entertainment.
08:30 p.m. We’ll return by bus to the hotel from Piccadilly.
Note: In some cases, the evening program might be organized for the previous day, upon arrival in London.
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 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.
Total distance covered: 295 km.
Scenery: Seaside, hills, and woods.
Note: Remember to keep your passport handy; you may need when we embark. Both Scotland and Northern Ireland print their own banknotes, which work fine in their regions but are often not accepted in England and can’t be exchanged internationally. In other words, you won’t be able to exchange any leftover Scottish or Irish pound bills outside the United Kingdom. Make sure you don’t have any remaining bills when you leave Scotland or after passing through Belfast. Please note that timetables for this part of the journey may vary depending on the ferry.
08:00 a.m. - Departure from Glasgow. We will start with a short bus ride out of the city, traveling to the west coast of Scotland. In Cairnryan, we will board a modern ferry to Ireland, which typically departs at 11:30 a.m. The crossing will take just over two hours. The ferry will offer modern amenities, including shops and bars where you can enjoy lunch.
01:45 p.m. - Arrival in Belfast, a city known for its Victorian architecture and the complex history between Protestants and Catholics. We’ll go for a walk and visit the famous murals dividing the Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods.
04:30 p.m. - Departure from Belfast. We’ll continue our journey to the Republic of Ireland.
06:30 p.m. - Arrival at the hotel in Dublin.
Dublin – Panoramic tour of the city. Our guide will tell us all about Dublin´s rich history, including its Georgian neighborhoods, bustling city center streets, and the University. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the Irish capital at your leisure. You can stroll along the banks of the River Liffey, visit various museums, or explore the famous Guinness Storehouse (admission not included).
Note: Occasionally, depending on our arrival time in Dublin and the daylight hours, the tour may take place 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 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.
Total distance traveled by road: 440 km
Scenery: Pleasant hilly landscapes.
Notes: Remember to prepare a hand bag for the night crossing where the suitcases remain inside the coach. Bring your passport with you, we require it to enter France.
08.00hrs.- Liverpool -departure-. Travel to the center of England.
11:00hrs.- Stratford Upon Avon - The small town where Shakespeare was born, full of beautiful gardens and Tudorian houses. Time to visit his birthplace (entrance not included), stroll and have lunch.
13:00hrs.- Stratford -departure-. We cross beautiful landscapes of hills andthatched cottages in the Cotswolds.
14:30 hrs.- Oxford -Arrival-. Free time in this prestigious university city and see some of its impressive colleges. Time to stroll around.
16:30hrs.- Oxford -Departure-.
18:30hrs.- Portsmouth. We embark on a modern ferry. You will need to bring your documentation. The ship has all the conditions of a cruise ship: game rooms, discotheque, stores, restaurants, entertainment areas. Accommodation in double cabins with private bathroom (bunk beds configuration). Scheduled departure of our ship is at 20.30 hrs. Thursday morning breakfast on the ship is not included.
Note: On rare occasions, due to lack of availability in double cabins, the night crossing may change its itinerary (using 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 covered: 270 km.
Scenery: Beautiful landscapes of hills, spectacular arrival at Mont Saint Michel.-
08:00 hrs. - We disembark in the port of Caen or Saint Malo and continue towards Mont St. Michel.
09:45 hrs. – Mont St. Michel – We arrive at “The Wonder”, surrounded by the ocean. Be sure to stroll through its streets and visit the abbey, sometimes an islet surrounded by the ocean.
Note: Bus traffic is regulated, the bus parking area is outside the city, to which we can access by buses placed for this purpose at the parking area.
13:00 hrs. – Mont St. Michel – Departure. We move on to French Brittany.
13:45 hrs. – St. Malo . City by the sea surrounded by imposing walls with an active and beautiful port. Time to walk and have lunch.
15:45 hrs. – St.Malo – departure.
16:15 hrs. – Dinan – Arrival, time in this beautiful medieval town.
17:30 hrs. – Dinan –Departure. We travel through the interior of Bretagne.
18:30 hrs. – Rennes – Accommodation and time in the capital of Bretagne. We suggest to have a walk through its monumental historic center.
Total distance covered: 335 km.
Scenery: Today, we will follow the course of the Loire River, passing through many fascinating towns and castles.
08:00 a.m. - Departure from Rennes.
10:00 a.m. - Angers. Enjoy some time exploring this city on the banks of the Loire. You can visit the castle, which features fascinating Apocalypse tapestry.
11:45 a.m. - Departure from Angers, continuing our journey through the peaceful countryside.
01:45 p.m. – Tours – capital of the region. You can have a walk in its historic center beside the Loire. There will be time for lunch.
03:30 p.m. - Departure from Tours.
04:00 p.m. - Villandry. Admission to the gardens of this grand palace is included. These gardens are considered among the most beautiful in France.
05:30 p.m. - Departure from Villandry.
06:15 p.m. - Arrival in Amboise, a picturesque town in the Loire Valley with a fascinating medieval quarter. Dinner and accommodation included.
Note: Due to limited hotel capacity in Amboise, accommodation may be provided in Tours.
Total distance covered: 258 km.
Scenery: Get your cameras ready as we cruise along the scenic River Loire, dotted with picturesque villages and stunning castles along our route.
Today, we will explore the Loire Valley region in greater depth. Our journey will begin with a morning stroll from Amboise to the Château du Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final three years (tickets not included).
10:30 a.m. – Departure from Amboise.
11:00 a.m. – Chenonceau. Spanning the river Cher like a bridge, many consider this to be the most beautiful castle in the Loire Valley. Its interior is also splendidly well-preserved. Tickets included.
12:30 p.m. – Departure from Chenonceau. We will continue our journey along charming local roads towards Chambord.
01:30 p.m. – Chambord. Time available to explore the park of this immense Loire castle and have lunch.
03:30 p.m. - Departure from Chambord.
06:00 p.m. - Paris.
Total distance covered: 80 km
07:45 hrs. - Paris – departure.
08:30 hrs. - Versailles – Arrival to the Palace of Versailles (admission not included, long waits for tickets due to influx on some occasions). Immense Palace that belonged to the French kings; a good way to get acquainted with the culture and history of France.
11:30 hrs. - Versailles – departure - (the departure might be later in case of a long wait to enter the palace). Upon returning to Paris we head to Montmartre and taking a small cable car (included) we go up to this bohemian artists´ neighborhood to see the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and take a walk through its square and alleys.
15:00 hrs. - With a local guide we will begin the city tour of Paris lasting 2 and a half hours. During the visit you will be able to see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Madelaine, Place de la Concorde, Opera, Louvre Museum, Tower St. Jacques, town hall, Ile de la Cite with the Notre Dame cathedral, Latin quarter, Pantheon, Sorbonne, Luxembourg gardens, Invalides, Military School, Champ de Mars-Eiffel Tower, banks of the Seine. We will make brief stops near the Invalides and the Champ de Mars. At the end of the city tour, we will return to the hotel, making a stop in the city center, so that people who still want to take advantage of their free time in Paris can get off the bus.
In the end of this very complete day, optionally, the guide will suggest you attend a cabaret or variety show in the evening, the Moulin Rouge or the Paradis Latin.
Note: due to the tourist complexity of Paris, the order of the services offered in the city may vary.
08.30 hrs.- Departure from the hotel. We go to the EIFFEL TOWER , we include the ticket to go up to the second floor of this impressive metal monument ( in some cases there are long waits to gain access due to massive influx ). The second floor is considered to be the one with the best view, due to the optimal altitude in relation to the buildings below (on the third floor, they are less visible) and the general perspective (obviously more limited on the first floor). When the weather permits, it is estimated that it is possible to see up to 70 km away.
After descending the tower we include a boat trip along the Seine River . Magnificent views of the main monuments and bridges of Paris on the majestic river. Journey of approximately an hour and a quarter.
Free time later. Please note that transfers back to the hotel are not included after the river cruise, allowing you the flexibility to return at your own pace and preference.
Note: in some cases the waits to go up the Eiffel Tower are long. Thus the climb may take place at a different time (or on Sunday), if it is considered convenient for organizational reasons.
After breakfast, our journey will come to an end, leaving you with wonderful lasting memories.
Note: Please be aware that the hotel check-out time is usually 10:00 a.m. You can leave your luggage in reception upon check-out, allowing you to explore the city without carrying your bags. You can retrieve your luggage at your convenience later in the day. If you require additional time to use your room, we recommend booking an extra night at the end of your tour.

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