FROM THE SHANNON TO THE THAMES - 2017

13 Days - LIMERICK to LONDON

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Overview

You’ve seen photos of London’s Big Ben - now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve heard about Dublin’s friendly culture - now’s your time to experience it. You’ve read William Shakespeare’s plays - now’s your time to visit his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. You’ve heard of the ill-fated Titanic - now’s your time to travel to Belfast and learn about how it was built. You’ve seen photos of Stonehenge - now’s your chance to stand in front of it. You’ve seen photos of Edinburgh Castle - now’s your chance to see it. All of this-and much more-are included on this Ireland, Scotland and England tour. Your tour starts in Limerick, Ireland and ends in London, England. In between, you’ll see breathtaking landscapes, visit historical sights, see the famous landmarks, and learn about the cultures and histories of these countries. You’ll overnight in Limerick, Killarney, Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, York, Bath, and London.

Throughout this tour, you’ll witness spectacular scenery, including the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, with breathtaking views of these rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean, and the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive through rugged and magnificent landscapes. In Northern Ireland you’ll see Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site formed millions of years ago. Words cannot capture the magnificence of all of these natural beauties; you must witness them in person!

Globus has also arranged special experiences for you. Before you visit Shakespeare’s childhood home, you’ll be treated to a light lunch at the Birthplace Café. You’ll also visit a local, 150-year-old farmhouse in Ireland, where you’ll learn about sheep-farming practices and enjoy a traditional tea. From the scenic countryside in Ireland to the bustling city of London, this Ireland, Scotland, and England tour offers it all

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Visit Rathbaun farm and enjoy a traditional tea in the 150-year old farmhouse
Excursion to the 13th-century village of Castle Combe followed by dinner at a village pub

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- LIMERICK

Welcome dinner.

- CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savour the spectacular views.

- GALWAY
Orientation.

- RATHBAUN FARM
See the farmer at work and enjoy traditional tea in the farmhouse.

- ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages.

- RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive.

- BLARNEY
Visit the famous village.

- DUBLIN
Orientation drive.

- COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant's Causeway.

- BELFAST
Visit the Titanic Experience.

- BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN
Cross the North Channel by ferry.

- EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle.

- ALNWICK
Visit the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland or explore the spectacular garden.

- YORK
Walking tour.

- STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit Shakespeare's birthplace and enjoy lunch.

- BATH
Visit the Roman relics.

- STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument.

- LONDON
Guided sightseeing and see the Changing of the Guard, if held.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; ferry Belfast-Cairnryan.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour except London.

- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.​

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN SHANNON, IRELAND - LIMERICK.

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Cead mile failte-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 travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2LIMERICK. CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY EXCURSION.

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Your holiday starts in earnest with a drive to the breathtaking CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 203 metres (668 feet) above the Atlantic Ocean, to savour the magnificent panorama of the Clare coast. Then, visit Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. And finally, a special treat: at RATHBAUN FARM, watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog. Then, enjoy a TRADITIONAL TEA in the 150-year old farmhouse. A suggestion for a unique night out: an optional medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. (B)

Day 3LIMERICK - ADARE - RING OF KERRY - KILLARNEY.

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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 161 kilometre (100 mile) panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured 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. (B,D)

Day 4KILLARNEY - BLARNEY - CASHEL - DUBLIN.

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

Day 5DUBLIN.

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The morning's orientation drive in the "Fair City" includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde's Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Day 6DUBLIN - LISBURN, NORTHEN IRELAND - GIANT'S CAUSEWAY - BELFAST.

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Cross the Boyne River and stop in Lisburn on your way to the aweinspiring GIANT'S CAUSEWAY. Hear how millions of years ago, the earth cracked open, lava forced its way out, and as it cooled slowly and evenly, more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Spend the night in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. (B)

Day 7BELFAST - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.

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First thing this morning, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Next, board your FERRY and 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. (B)

Day 8EDINBURGH

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Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. 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 departure numbers 0802, 0809 and 0816, 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. (B)

Day 9EDINBURGH - ALNWICK, ENGLAND - YORK.

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This morning at ALNWICK CASTLE, the choice is yours: visit the CASTLE itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, featured in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, 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. (B,D)

Day 10YORK - STRATFORD - UPON - AVON - BATH.

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Head for Stratford-upon-Avon to take your photographs of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, then visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE, enjoy a light lunch, and take some time to wander around the historic market town. In the afternoon, drive to elegant Georgian Bath and explore the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS, built nearly 2,000 years ago. (B,L,D)

Day 11BATH - STONEHENGE - LONDON.

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A drive through Salisbury Plain brings you to STONEHENGE, the most famous monument of prehistoric Europe. First, explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire its magnificence up close. In London, your final destination, why not take in a Shownight Theatre Evening? (B)

Day 12LONDON.

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Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, 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 nighttime cruise on the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights, would be an incredible finale to your holiday. (B)

Day 13LONDON.

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

AVAILABLE 2017 TOURS

Return Economy economy class airfare
Welcome drinks at hotel
Stay in 3 star hotel
Guided tour
Sighseeing

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