Grand Tour of The British Isles

14 days /13 nights

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON

London at night from the air.

London at night from the air.

Visit Windsor Castle, England’s largest royal residence and still lived in by the Queen. See the magnificent State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel, one of the finest examples of perpendicular architecture and fan vaulted ceilings in Britain and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, perfect to the tiniest detail. Transfer to the hotel.Hotel in London

Day 2 LONDON

Coach Sightseeing Tour of London.

Beefeaters at Buckingham Palace London England

Beefeaters at Buckingham Palace London England

We will see all the major sights – Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames, the Royal Parks, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the Horse Guards, the Changing of the Guard, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. Also visit the City, the original site of London, with the Bank of England and Guildhall.

One hour Thames cruise – a good chance to see European capital from the water.

Lunch time around Tower.

Visit to Tower of London. In its 900 year history, The Tower of London has been a fortress, palace, prison, jewel house, arsenal, mint, menagerie and place of execution. Royalty, notables, traitors and criminals have met a grisly end here including Guy Fawkes tortured into confession after the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, two of Henry Vlll’s wives executed on Tower Green away from the ghoulish crowds, and the Little Princes murdered by their uncle Richard lll.

Hotel in London

Day 3 LONDON

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

A full day journey to Stonehenge and Bath.

Today we will visit Britain’s most famous prehistoric Stonehenge. The purpose and the construction of this awe-inspiring monument is one of the world’s most enduring mysteries. Why did our ancestors build the circle – as a temple, a burial site, a place of healing, or a calendar? And how did they transport the massive stones weighing up to 50 tonnes from so far away? Arthurian legend has it that the circle was built by Merlin, assisted by giants.

Lunch and free time in Bath.

In the afternoon we will visit Bath, founded as a health spa by the Romans. Over a period of two hundred years, the Romans built their bath complexes here to take advantage of the natural hot springs. The Roman Baths are 2000 years old and among the finest antiquities in Britain. In the 19th century the Baths were rediscovered and the city became a popular resort for England’s wealthy.

Bath also boasts some of the best Georgian architecture in Britain. The great Pump Room and the Assembly Rooms still stand as they

The Royal Crescent Bath

The Royal Crescent Bath

did in Jane Austen’s day. The majestic sweep of John Wood the Younger’s Royal Crescent looks out over the city as it has done for three hundred years. On a summer’s day when the sun reflects on Bath’s honey-coloured limestone, there are few cities that can rival its beauty.

Way back to London.

Hotel in London

Day 4 LONDON – YORK

Grand Tour proper starts today!

English market Scene

English market Scene

First we will visit Oxford. The ancient university city of Oxford lies on the Thames some sixty miles west of London. Its colleges with their gardens and quads cover much of the city centre. Visit Christchurch College, founded by Henry VIII, where the college chapel doubles as the city’s cathedral. Its Great Hall was modelled for the Harry Potter films. On its walls are portraits of alumni – prime ministers, churchmen and philosophers, and Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, who taught at the college. Or visit New College, which nestles under the old city wall and where the chapel still retains some of its mediaeval stained glass and where the ancient mulberry tree is surrounded by the college cloisters. Walk with us through the narrow alleyways with their fifteenth century taverns, crowded with jostling students – especially once the exams are over.

Lunch and free time in Oxford.

Next we will visit Shakespeare’s birthplace where he grew up and played, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the idyllic, thatched cottage where William courted his future wife, Holy Trinity Church where both are buried and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

A long way to York.

Hotel in York

Day 5 YORK – EDINBURGH

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

First thing in the morning we will take a walk along the ancient York city walls offering beautiful views, see the fine Minster – the largest Gothic Cathedral in England – with exquisite stained glass windows and the “Shambles”, a perfectly preserved street of Medieval half-timbered houses. We will visit the Cathedral.
Lunch is planned in Newcastle area.
We will definitely stop on the border between England and Scotland to take a photo.
On your way to Edinburgh we will see Sir Walter Scott’s home, Abbotsford House where he wrote most of his famous historic novels.
Hotel in Edinburgh
 
 

Day 6 EDINBURGH

Edinburgh Scotland

Edinburgh Scotland

This morning, your expert Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town.

Lunch break in central Edinburgh.

After Tour of Edinburgh we will visit The Castle and have a walk along Royal Mile.

In the evening we will attend magnificent Scottish Folk Show with a traditional meal and live music, dances and fun!

Hotel in Edinburgh

Day 7 EDINBURGH – INVERNESS

The View from Edinburgh Castle

The View from Edinburgh Castle

Today we are taking route to the Highlands.

We plan to visit a Scotch distillery that produces Bell’s whisky.

Then we will explore Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl.

After a good break at the Blair Athol shopping centre we will continue our journey north to the last big Scottish city of Inverness.

Hotel in Inverness

Day 8 INVERNESS – GLASGOW

This morning we will first admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster and will have a cruise on the lake.

Then we will stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Scottish Scorner

Scottish Scorner

Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow.

In the evening we can arrange a walk in central Glasgow enjoying views of St. Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.

Hotel in Glasgow

Day 9 GLASGOW – CHESTER

We will start today’s program by visiting Moffat wool centre where we will have a chance to spent our last Scottish money.

After that we will come back to England and will drive of our lives across most beautiful part of the country – The Lake District. We will stop for lunch and a walk along the shores of Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.

Autumn Park in London England

Autumn Park in London England

We hope to manage to visit Museum of Beatles in Liverpool.

Then we will arrive shortly to the ancient city of Chester.

Hotel in Chester

Day 10 CHESTER – DUBLIN

See this morning the ancient city walls, famous Tudor ‘Rows’ and fascinating Roman ruins in Chester on your orientation walk of the town. Enjoy a Unique Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times.

After entering Wales we will visit one of the most impressive castles in Wales, historic Caernarvon Castle, which gained worldwide fame as the setting for the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.

We will cross the Isle of Anglesey to reach ferry crossing to Ireland.

After sea journey across St George straights of Irish sea we will reach Dublin.

This evening we invite you for a traditional Irish evening with food, live music, dances and the fun!

Hotel in Dublin

Day 11 DUBLIN – KILLARNEY

Here we are on Emerald Island ready to enjoy its views and people!

Northern Ireland Sunset

Northern Ireland Sunset

In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch.

After that we will visit Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’.

We will continue our way to the most beautiful part of Ireland – Killarney and hope to enjoy live Irish music in one of many pubs of Killarney city.

Hotel in Killarney

Day 12 KILLARNEY – DUBLIN

Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See a mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains.

We hope to visit Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries.

And then we will start a long journey to Dublin.

Hotel in Dublin

Day 13 DUBLIN

Your Local Guide shows you the sights of this historic city, with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Phoenix Park.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city.

Optional visits to National Gallery of Ireland or Guiness Centre.

Hotel in Dublin

Day 14 DUBLIN – DEPARTURE

Transfer to Dublin airport

This is an example program.

We can offer you option according to your time and preferences and we will email you a proposal.

We are offering 3 options for touring in the UK and Ireland:

• We will build for you the route, book hotels and arrange hire car and you will enjoy your driving tour.
• Private tour with guide- driver
• One day small groups tours from London, Edinburgh and Dublin

Send us your enquiry to info@journeyboutique.com or call to +44(0) 1534758983 and we will be back with the offer within 24 hours, which can, to a degree, be adjusted to suit your budget.

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