Tour: GU - 2013 (GU) - 2013 / 2014

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Buckingham Palace in London
Buckingham Palace in London
Tower of London on a sunny day

Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Shannon, Ireland–Limerick

Céad míle fáilte! A hundred-thousand welcomes! After checking into your hotel, free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel’s leisure amenities or explore the city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Limerick. Cliffs of Moher & Galway Excursion

Your vacation starts in earnest with a drive to the breathtaking CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, to savor the magnificent panorama of the Clare coast. Then, visit Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with cobblestone streets, colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. And finally, a special treat: try your hand at scone making at RATHBAUN FARM, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven. A suggestion for a unique night out: an optional medieval banquet at Knappogue Castle. (Breakfast)

Cliffs of Moher Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views Cliffs of Moher 
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DAY 3Limerick–Adare–Ring of Kerry–Killarney

A day full of splendid scenery. Head south and stop at quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages. At Killorglin, join the famous RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Overnight is in the popular resort of Killarney. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland Take in the beautiful scenery of the Killarney National Park 
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DAY 4Killarney–Blarney–Dublin

On the way to Dublin, stop in Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone, and at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached in the 5th century. Later, why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter? (Breakfast)

Dublin, the capital of Ireland Blarney Castle and the Stone of Eloquence 
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DAY 5Dublin

The morning’s orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Then, a highlight visit to Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful campus of the renowned Trinity College 
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DAY 6Dublin–Armagh, Northern Ireland–Belfast

On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the River Boyne, then stop in Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. Travel on to experience awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY with its brand-new visitor center. Then, in Belfast, an orientation drive introduces you to City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, and the Parliament House at Stormont. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Giants Causeway Giants Causeway Giants Causeway Giants Causeway 
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DAY 7Belfast–Edinburgh, Scotland

First thing this morning, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXHIBITION and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. As a reminder of this unique experience, take home your Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TITANIC SOUVENIR. Next, board your FERRY to cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland’s southwest coast and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. Tonight, enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (Breakfast)

View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland 
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DAY 8Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departures July 31, August 7 and August 14, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (Breakfast)

Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views Enjoy the sounds of bagpipes and drums at the Military Tattoo performance For over forty years, the Royal Yacht served the British Royal Family.  Britannia is now a unique five-star visitor experience; come and tour five decks of this historic ship. The Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland 
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DAY 9Edinburgh–York, England–Leeds

This morning at ALNWICK CASTLE the choice is yours: visit the CASTLE itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, or explore ALNWICK GARDEN, where the fountains and waterfalls are a breathtaking feature. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. Your overnight is in Leeds, renowned for its major role in the wool trade during the 17th- and 18th-century and later for its ornate and opulent Victorian shopping arcades. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Leeds–Stratford-Upon-Avon–Bath

Head for Stratford-upon-Avon to take your photographs of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, then visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE, and take some time to wander around the historic market town. In the afternoon, drive to elegant Georgian Bath and in the evening, join an excursion to the picture-book 13th-century village of Castle Combe for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SUPPER at a quaint old village inn. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Shakespeares Birthplace 
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DAY 11Bath–Stonehenge–London

There is time this morning to explore the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS and walk where Romans walked 2,000 years ago, then try to figure out the intriguing riddle of STONEHENGE, the most famous monument of prehistoric Europe. In London, your final destination, why not take in a Shownight Theater Evening? (Breakfast)

The Roman Baths once served as a complex for public bathing Ride the iconic double decker bus in London Pomp-and-ceremony in London London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames 
Stonehenge

Stonehenge


"Built in several stages starting around 3,000 BC, Stonehenge remains one of humankind’s biggest mysteries. While science is still trying to determine the purpose behind this famous prehistoric monument, it is generally assumed to be some sort of astronomical observatory that reflects the changing trajectory of the sun through the sky and the seasons"
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DAY 12London

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, an optional dinner followed by a relaxed night-time cruise on the River Thames, viewing some of the capital’s most beautiful illuminated sights, would be an incredible finale to your vacation. (Breakfast)

Overlooking The Houses of Parliament along the north bank of the Thames River Westminster Abbey – the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs 
Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard


"Changing the Guard dates to Henry VII (reigned 1485-1509) and was designed to show military discipline as well as ceremony. The tall bearskin hats were introduced in the 18th century to make the soldiers look taller and thus more frightening, and they were adopted for ceremonial use in 1832. The ceremony we know today started in the late 1800s and involves real soldiers who fulfill all military duties, guarding the Queen being just part of their service."
Tower of London

Tower of London


"Since its founding in the 11th century, the Tower of London has served many roles: impregnable fortress, royal residence, armory, treasury, home of the famed Crown Jewels, and a prison for those who offended the monarchy. To this day it is guarded by the “Beefeaters,” a name that likely originates from when Tower guards were paid part of their salary with chunks of beef, a practice that continued until the 1800s."
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament


"Big Ben may be the most famous feature of the Houses of Parliament, but equally impressive is the hammerbeam ceiling of Westminster Hall. The Hall dates back to 1097 and, at that time, the roof was supported by pillars. During the reign of King Richard II (14th century), however, it was replaced by the hammerbeam roof seen today. This roof – its beauty and sustainability – is even more impressive when you know its history. It was built with beams made from trees that were ancient at the time, reputedly acorns, dating back to the 6th century (or earlier). If only these walls (beams, rather) could talk!"
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace


"Amid the splendor of modern cities it’s hard to imagine what places looked like before they became what we know today. In a previous incarnation, the ground where Buckingham Palace now stands was a mulberry garden cultivated by King James I as food for silkworms. The silk industry he hoped to nurture never materialized, and eventually a roadhouse was built there, followed in due course by the Blake House, Goring House and Arlington House.Originally known as the Buckingham House, built as a townhouse by the Duke of Buckingham in 1709, the estate was acquired by King George III in 1762."
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DAY 13London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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