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The cosmopolitan capital that is London is yours to explore today - the perfect launch pad to discover what's great about Great Britain. Spend the day relaxing in the Royal Parks, amble along the Thames or visit one of the many museums showcasing the art, culture and antiquities of what was once the British Empire.

Hotel

Cumberland/Hard Rock

Highlights

London

Join a Local Specialist today for a memorable encounter with London's most iconic sights. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey where Britain's kings and queens have been crowned for centuries. Spend the rest of the day exploring London on your terms - shop for the best of British on Carnaby Street, admire the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus or visit 'The City' with Christopher Wren's great St. Pauls Cathedral.Full Breakfast

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

Houses of Parliament

Meet your Travel Director today before journeying west to the Wiltshire landscapes of Salisbury Plain where you'll ponder the myths of the ancient mystical monoliths at Stonehenge which remain largely unsolved to to this day. Continuing through Devon, arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth, your home for the next two nights. Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception

Hotel

Copthorne

Meals

Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception

Highlights

PLYMOUTH

Embark on an orientation tour and see the Royal Citadel and Mayflower Steps, where brave pilgrims embarked on their epic voyage to the New World centuries ago. Continue along the dramatic Cornish coastline to the artists' retreat of St. Ives and view St. Michael's Mount with its 17th-century hilltop castle overlooking the stunning Cornish scenery. Full Breakfast

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

PLYMOUTH

Arriving in Bath, we admire the city's stylish Georgian façades and ancient Roman Baths from which it derives its name. We continue to the vibrant Welsh capital, Cardiff, where we'll have a free evening to enjoy this modern city's proud heritage. Full Breakfast

Hotel

Park Inn City Centre

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

Bath

This morning, we explore Cardiff's iconic sights - the Principality Stadium, Millennium Centre and Victorian fantasy castle before crossing the Irish Sea to Waterford, most famous for the delicate crystal that graces elegant homes the world over. This evening we dine in our hotel. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel

Fitzwilton

Meals

Full Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights

Cardiff

Our first stop today is at the House of Waterford Crystal where we 'Dive Into Culture', watching a demonstration with master craftsmen. In pursuit of the 'gift of the gab', we journey to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone, before arriving later in picturesque Killarney.Full Breakfast

Hotel

Hotel Killarney/Innisfallen

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

Waterford

Ireland's enduring natural beauty accompanies our leisurely drive circling the enchanting Ring of Kerry. We pass the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley - renowned for being the last place in Ireland without power and telephone networks. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Meals

Full Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights

Ring of Kerry

We stop in Limerick and view St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John's Castle. Our next stop is the magnificent Cliffs of Moher which plunge into the Atlantic, before arriving in Galway, where we'll spend the night. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel

Connacht/Maldron Oranmore

Meals

Full Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights

Limerick

This morning see the great stone Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square, a tribute to former US president John F. Kennedy, who visited Galway in 1963. Travel to Donegal to see its 15th-century castle and enjoy time at leisure before dining at your hotel. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel

Central/Ocean Sands

Meals

Full Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights

Galway

We cross the Irish border into Northern Ireland, joining a Local Specialist in Londonderry to stroll along its 17th-century city walls. See the street murals of the Bogside before continuing to the mythical stepping stones of the Giant's Causeway. Our visit to the haunt of Finn McCool will 'Make A Difference' by helping conserve this iconic natural landmark. Our final stop today is in Belfast, where we'll enjoy an orientation, followed by free time to explore the capital city's sights. Full Breakfast

Hotel

Park Inn/Stormont

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

Londonderry

We spend the morning with a Local Specialist 'Cabbie' who will take us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their Black Cab. Heading south to Dublin later, we see St. Patrick's Cathedral and other iconic sights in the company of a Local Specialist. Tonight, consider an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds and warm hospitality of a traditional Irish Cabaret performance. Full Breakfast

Hotel

Mespil/Clayton Leopardstown

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

Belfast

Beat the crowds and gain entry to the Guinness Storehouse before general admission. Here you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and embark on a tour and tasting technique demonstration. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Irish capital. Amble along Grafton Street with its colourful performers, head to Temple Bar or stroll through Phoenix Park, Dublin's playground. Full Breakfast

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

Dublin

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to the ancient town of Chester, where your orientation tour will take you past its Roman walls and famous half-timbered Tudor 'Rows'. 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the life of the local Town Crier before heading to the haunt of the 'Fab Four', edgy Liverpool, where we'll spend the night. Full Breakfast

Hotel

Jurys Inn

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

Liverpool

Head north to the idyllic Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries, and admire the spectacular surrounds of Lake Windermere.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel

North Lakes/Castle Green

Meals

Full Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights

Liverpool Cathedral

The runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green is our first stop today, where we'll tread in the footsteps of eloping couples who would take their vows over the Marriage Anvil. We arrive in Glasgow for an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square, lined with statues of Great Britain's most celebrated sons. We visit Falkirk Wheel where you'll 'Dive into Culture' learning about the legacy of Scotland's canals and experience the world's only rotating boat lift. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn/Park Inn

Meals

Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Highlights

Glasgow

Journey past the site of the tragic 1692 massacre at Glencoe, known as the 'Glen of the Weeping' and see Britain's highest mountain - Ben Nevis. We'll view the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, where three lochs meet, before travelling to the Isle of Skye. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel

Dunollie/Kings Arms

Meals

Full Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights

Glasgow

Travel through the scenic Scottish Highlands via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, home to the mythical monster affectionately known as 'Nessie'. View the site of the bloody Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites were defeated in 1746. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel

Highlander

Meals

Full Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights

Loch Ness

We continue south and stop in Pitlochry before travelling to the historic town of St. Andrews, home to one of the oldest golf courses in the world. We cross the Firth of Forth to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle are included. Full Breakfast

Hotel

Leonardo Royal Haymarket/Holiday Inn

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

Edinburgh

Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the town from Castle Rock. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and new Scottish Parliament building. Full Breakfast

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

Edinburgh Castle

Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick before stopping in York where we'll embark on an orientation walk along the picturesque Shambles and to York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner at a grand private home of a Yorkshire family enjoying traditional flavours and hospitality.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Novotel Centre

Meals

Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Highlights

York

Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre before returning to London this afternoon for our last evening at leisure. Full Breakfast

Hotel

Cumberland/Hard Rock

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

London

We leave the bright lights of Old Blighty behind after an epic encounter with Britain and Ireland.Full Breakfast

Meals

Full Breakfast

Highlights

London

What's Included?

  • 22 full breakfasts
  • 10 dinners (including Be My Guest)
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Brendan Vacations Local Host at your London hotel
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • CITY TOUR in London, Londonderry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • ORIENTATION of Salisbury, Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, the Falkirk Wheel, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • VIEW the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Battlefield and York Minster
  • SCENIC DRIVE on a Cornish Excursion, experience the Ring of Kerry

Airport Transfers | Brendan Vacations US

Brendan Vacations's Airport Transfers 2017-18 At Brendan Vacations, we know how important it is to get your vacation off to a seamless and smooth start. That's why every part of your journey, from the airport to the start hotel of your chosen vacation, and from your hotel to the airport on your return, is made easy with Brendan Vacations.

Airport Transfers | Brendan Vacations CA

Brendan Vacations's Airport Transfers 2018-19 At Brendan Vacations, we know how important it is to get your vacation off to a seamless and smooth start. That's why every part of your journey, from your front door to the start hotel of your chosen vacation, and from your hotel to the airport and back home again on your return, is made easy with Brendan Vacations.

Cumberland/Hard Rock

Copthorne

Park Inn City Centre
Fitzwilton
Hotel Killarney/Innisfallen

Connacht/Maldron Oranmore
Central/Ocean Sands
Park Inn/Stormont
Mespil/Clayton Leopardstown

Jurys Inn
North Lakes/Castle Green
Hilton Garden Inn/Park Inn
Dunollie/Kings Arms
Highlander
Leonardo Royal Haymarket/Holiday Inn

Novotel Centre
Cumberland/Hard Rock