Explore Britain & Ireland

29 Days: England – Scotland – Ireland – Wales


ENGLAND HIGHLIGHTS

  • London: Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace
  • Illustrious home of poets and scholars: Oxford University
  • Quaint and cosy countryside villages of Cotswold
  • Shakespeare’s birthplace: Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Ancient town of Vikings and industrious Romans: York
  • Casual journey through Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • England’s literary countryside: Lake District National Park
  • Ancient Roman engineering feet: Hadrian’s Wall
  • Unique and curious shopping area: ‘Rows’ at Chester
  • Ancient Roman Baths and Pump House: Bath
  • Pay tribute to the legendary King Arthur at his final resting place: Glastonbury
  • Tour the peninsular Cornish Countryside
  • Ponder the pilgrimage of the soon-to-be American Pilgrims: Mayflower Steps, Plymouth
  • Mysterious and captivating circle of stones: Stonehenge
  • Home of the history-shifting document, Magna Carta: Salisbury Cathedral

SCOTLAND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Edinburgh: Colorful, musical, and spectacular show: Military Tattoo
  • The North Sea coastal town and home of golf: St. Andrews
  • Northern highland highlights: Culloden and Inverness
  • Legendary Loch Ness and her resident monster
  • Venture out onto the rugged and ancient Orkney Islands, situated in the North Sea
  • Cross the sea into the Isle of Skye
  • Witness the grandeur of Scotland’s highest peak: Ben Nevis
  • Colorful landscapes of Trossachs National Park
  • Placid waters of Loch Lomond
  • Scotland’s national cultural hub: Glasgow
  • Romantic legends and modern marriage: Gretna Green’s Blacksmith Shop

IRELAND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise the Irish Sea
  • Stand with Giants along the Antrim Coast: Giant’s Causeway
  • Scamper the fortified ramparts of the impressive Londonderry Castle
  • Mourn and celebrate the literary master, YB Yeats at the Drumcliff Churchyard
  • Enjoy expansive coastal vistas at Sligo Bay
  • Visit the 14th-century St. Nicolas’ church, visited by Oliver Cromwell and Christopher Columbus:
  • Witness firsthand the dramatic drop-off of the Cliffs of Moher
  • Visit the land of song, rhymes, and legends at Limerick
  • Take a history lesson at King John’s Castle
  • Tour the unparalleled countryside circuit: Ring of Kerry
  • Kiss the Stone of Eloquence at Blarney’s Castle
  • Familiarize yourself with Ireland’s national drink in Dublin: Guinness

WALES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cross the Irish Sea
  • Tour the scenic seaside beauty on Anglesey Island
  • Explore the massive, 13th century Conwy Castle
  • Bustling capital and port town of Cardiff

Explore Britain & Ireland

29 Days: England, Scotland, & Ireland


Dates

  • April – May 2018

Pricing

  • Tour Pricing: $7,625
  • Discount: 5% Returning Volant Customer

Explore Britain & Ireland

29 Days: England, Scotland, & Ireland


DAY 1: BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY!

Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

DAY 2: WELCOME TO LONDON

A Volant representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and a leisurely evening.

DAY 3: DISCOVER LONDON’S BEST
​Enjoy a sightseeing tour of London’s highlights: Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace.
DAY 4: OXFORD – COTSWOLDS – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Travel to the land of poets and scholars: Oxford University, the city of ‘dreaming spires.’ Enjoy a brief tour of this inspiring destination, the most famous university in the world. Enjoy a drive through the quaint villages of thatched roof homes and gardens in the Cotswolds District to reach the famous Bard of Avon’s birthplace: Stratford-Upon-Avon. Learn about Shakespeare, the man who changed the world through the power of the written word.

DAY 5: MEDIEVAL YORK

A drive through the country leads you to the historic town of York, the land first inhabited by Vikings and Romans. Visit the Minster, the largest medieval church in northern Europe. Explore the narrow streets and over hanging timber-framed houses. The evening is yours to wander at leisure.

DAY 6: LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK – WINDERMERE

Enjoy a splendid ride through the best countryside England has to offer to the famous Lake District National Park. Get inspired by this rugged and stunning landscape like the great poets and writers of history: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson, and Shelley. Head to Wordsworth’s old family home at Rydal Mount and Gardens. Take in the rural setting with a short stroll along the shores of Lake Windermere, one of the Lake District’s most loved destinations. Cruise through quaint Lakeland villages, over mountain passes and along the remaining bodies of water you have yet to discover. Nestle in at your cosy, countryside hotel in Windermere.

DAY 7: GRASMERE – HADRIAN’S WALL – GRETNA GREEN – EDINBURGH

Continue getting inspired in the Lake District at Grasmere, the final resting place of William Wordsworth. Take a walk among the ancient stones at Castlerigg Stone Circle. Get to know the ancient Roman who built a stone wall across England: Hadrian. Briefly visit the romantic anvil–where many English elopers come to be married–at the Blacksmith’s shop in the small town of Gretna Green. Cross the border into Scotland and onto the nation’s capital: Edinburgh. Enjoy the Royal Military Tattoo, a dramatic, evening performance at Edinburgh’s imposing castle; full of color, pipes, drums, dance, and display, you won’t be disappointed.

DAY 8: EDINBURGH’S HIGHLIGHTS

A sightseeing tour will take you through Edinburgh’s rich history and culture. Visit the Victorian Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott. Tour the 18th century New Town with classical Adam facades. Tour the Edinburgh Castle with all its treasures: Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny, and the spectacular crown jewels. Walk the Royal Mile and check out the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps visit the Tartan Centre to find your family’s tartan, or visit Scotland’s National Gallery for artistic inspiration.

DAY 9: ST. ANDREWS – CULLODEN – INVERNESS

Cross the Firth of Forth and make your way to St. Andrews, the home of golf. Explore the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral and Castle. Continue on to Pitlochry, famous for it’s innovative salmon leap. Keep traveling north to Blair Atholl then through the Grampian Mountains and the Spey Valley. The Culloden Moor is next on the list, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was ultimately defeated in 1746. Take a brief look at Culloden’s Visitor Centre, then to Inverness, the capital of the northern highlands.

DAY 10: LOCH NESS – WICK

The morning is free for an optional cruise on the calm waters of Loch Ness or to simply enjoy her coastal beauty. Lean the legend and tall tales of Nessie, but keep your eyes peeled for the giant, sea monster. You never know when she may appear. After the placid waters of Loch Ness, follow the rugged coast north to the port of Wick. Either take a tour of the Old Pulteney Distillery and learn about Scotland’s national drink, or go to the mystic Sinclair Castle on the coast.

DAY 11: ORKNEY ISLANDS – WICK

Start the day visiting Britain’s most northernly town: John O’ Groats. Board the ferry in Gills and journey the northern Scottish waters to the Orkney Islands. Explore the neolithic archaeological site Skara Brae; the mysterious ring of rocks, Ring of Brogdar and the monumental Viking burial tomb, Maeshowe. Visit Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands as well as the location of Scotland’s most northern cathedral; St. Magnus Cathedral. Climb aboard the final ferry of the day to return to the mainland.

DAY 12: ULLAPOOL – ISLE OF SKYE – BROADFORD

Enjoy a relaxing drive through the northern highlands and pristine landscapes of lochs and meadows to the small town of Ullapool. Continue on past Loch Carron and Glen Carron to the majestic Isle of Skye. Considered to be the largest and most northern island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland; the beauty of the Isle of Skye is unparalleled. Settle in at your hotel in the quaint town of Broadford on the Broadford River.

DAY 13: ISLE OF SKYE

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of the breathtaking Isle of Skye. Walk out to most western tip of Skye to the Neist Point Lighthouse, dip your toes in the magical Fairy Pools, hike the Storr, or explore Mealt falls at Kilt Rock. The natural wonders here are endless.

DAY 14: EILEAN DONAN – GLENCOE- LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK

​Head east to the mainland to see the Eilean Donan Castle, which often offers a clear reflection in its loch. Journey southward to the WWII Commando Memorial, situated beneath Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Continue on to the Valley of Glencoe, the final resting place of many massacred clansmen. Let the clear waters of Loch Lomond brighten your soul as you travel its shores.

DAY 15: LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK – GLASGOW

​Enjoy the day out in the Scotland’s first National Park. Climb abroad the Maid of the Loch, the lone survivor of paddle steamers from the 1950s, refurbished to be part museum, part cafe. Stroll through the peaceful scenery of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park or hike along the shores of any of the twenty-two loch’s in the park. Spend the second part of the day in the port city Glasglow, located in the Scottish lowlands.

DAY 16: CROSS IRISH SEA – STAND WITH GIANTS – LONDONDERRY

Leave Scotland behind as you cross the Irish Sea. Enjoy a captivating drive up the Antrim Coast. Visit the larger-than-life Giants Causeway, with its towering basalt cliffs and dramatic geometric formations. Hear the legends of how these curious formations came to be, and learn some modern science too. Continue on the the ancient walled city of Derry.

DAY 17: LONDONDERRY – BELLEEK – SLIGO BAY

Sightseeing tour of Londonderry’s fortified ramparts, still topped with cannons; Shipquay Street; and Gothic Guildhall. Cross into Ireland via the Northern Ireland border. Travel to Donegal to see O’Donnell’s Castle. Visit the Belleek Pottery centre situated on the River Erne. Watch master craftsmen practice their craft as they demonstrate artisan techniques. Look to the east for views of the mighty rock formation; Benbulbin. Continue south to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the final resting place of the unparalleled Irish poet WB Yeats. After getting inspired by poets of old, continue on to Sligo Bay.

DAY 18: CONNEMARA – GALWAY – LIMERICK

A journey through the rugged and striking beauty of Connemara leads to Galway. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through St. Nicholas Cathedral (site where Christopher Columbus prayed before discovering America), the Spanish Arch, and Eyre Square (dedicated to the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy). Travel to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Check out O’Brien’s Tower and the 214m drop to the rough waters below. Head south to your hotel in Limerick, land of lyrics, lace, and rhymes.

DAY 19: ADARE – KILLARNEY

A sightseeing tour shows you infamous King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the Treaty Stone. Enjoy a scenic journey through the land of song and legend via the quaint village of Adare. Take an optional tour of the 15th century Ross Castle or the 19th century Muckross Mansion and Gardens. Enjoy a leisurely evening.

DAY 20: RING OF KERRY

Travel the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s most scenic byways. Take in the abundant natural beauty: massive cliffs, intertwined lakes and lands, quaint villages, and Ireland’s highest mountain range. See the three Lakes of Killarney. The afternoon hours are yours to fully take in this natural place. Perhaps hire a bicycle to explore the village of Killarney or the adjoining National Park.

DAY 21: BLARNEY CASTLE – CORK – WATERFORD

Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains and head for Blarney. Take a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, a.k.a., the Stone of Eloquence. You never know, it just might work. Head to Cork, Ireland’s second most populous city, built on the River Lee. Check out City Hall, the Courthouse, and St. Fin Barr’s Cathedral. A wonderful coastal drive takes you to the ancient town of Waterford. At Waterford, you’re welcomed by 9th century Reginald’s Tower and the old city walls.

DAY 22: WATERFORD CRYSTAL – KILKENNY – DUBLIN

Witness firsthand the mastery of world famous crystal craftsmen at the House of Waterford Crystal. If interested, you’ll have a chance to purchase one of the handcrafted treasures. Get on the road and head towards Dublin, Ireland’s capital. Take a moment to tour the majestic castle of Kilkenny along the way. Enjoy a leisurely evening relaxing, exploring, or taking in a famous Irish Cabaret show.

DAY 23: DUBLIN’S HIGHLIGHTS

Sightseeing tour takes you to Georgian squares, Irish President’s home, O’Connell Street, and the Customs House. Optional guided tour of the world-famous drink Guinness; learn the history of how it became Ireland’s national drink. The afternoon is yours to explore, shop, or rest.

DAY 24: CROSS IRISH SEA – CONWY – CHESTER

Leave Ireland behind as you board the ferry to Wales. Cruise across the Isle of Anglesey to Wales. Travel to Conwy and visit the impressively preserved 13th century Conwy Castle. Cross the border to reenter England at Chester. A sightseeing tour of Chester takes you to the unique black and white shopping arcades known as the ‘Rows,’ the Jubilee Clock, and the beautiful cathedral.

DAY 25: WELSH MARCHES – LUDLOW – CARDIFF

Follow the Welsh border to the ancient town of Ludlow. The massive Ludlow castle dominates the citadel. Learn how the behemoth withheld frequent Welsh raids. Continue on through the Welsh countryside to the Welsh capital, Cardiff.

DAY 26: ANCIENT ROMAN CITY BATH – GLASTONBURY – CORNISH COUNTRY

As you cross the Welsh border, entering England, you cross the Severn Bridge over the Bristol Channel to reach the Roman built city of Bath. Visit the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge, the Bath Abbey, Pump Room, and the Roman Baths. After exploring the ancient pools head southwest to Glastonbury, the final resting place of the legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Learn about the man who inspired legions of men of arms and children alike. Continue southwest to the Cornish Countryside to the town of Saltash.

DAY 27: PLYMOUTH – DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK – CORNISH COUNTRYSIDE

Journey into the moorlands of Dartmoor National Park. Home to Dartmoor ponies this landscape winds through spectacular valleys of abandoned medieval farmhouses and neolithic tombs. A tour through the Cornish Countryside leads you to Plymouth, the ancient port town, known for sending off the Pilgrim Fathers who set sail for America. Visit the memorial to those first Pilgrims at the Mayflower Steps. Make sure to visit the real steps that reside in the Admiral Macbride pub across the street.

DAY 28: SALISBURY – STONEHENGE – LONDON

Spend the first part of the day visiting the Salisbury Cathedral, home of one of the four original, hand written copies of the historic and momentous documents: the Magna Carta, written in 1215 AD. Head north to Stonehenge to take a brief tour of the repudiated 5,000 year old archaeological site before returning to London.

DAY 29: LONDON – TOUR ENDS

Our tremendous journey and achievement comes to an end. Your Volant guide will ensure timely arrivals to the London International Airport.

Explore Britain & Ireland

29 Days: England – Scotland – Ireland – Wales


Inclusions

  • All accommodations (2-3 star)
  • All scheduled meals
  • Transportation throughout tour
  • Airport transfers
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Personal guide

Exclusions

  • International airfare (to and from London)
  • All attractions not listed in inclusions
  • Personal items: Laundry, shopping, etc.

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London

Salisbury

Stonehenge

Bath

Hadrian's Wall

York Minster

The Lake District National Park

Westminster Abbey

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Tower of London

Cotsworlds

Oxford University

Cornwall

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Windermere

Grasmere

Gretna Green

Edinburgh

St. Andrews

Culloden

Inverness

Loch Ness

Wick

Orkney Islands

Isle of Skye

Eileen Donan

Loch Lomond

Trossachs National Park

Glasgow

Londonderry

Giant's Causeway

Sligo Bay

Galway

Limerick

Killarney

Ring of Kerry

Blarney Castle

Cork

Waterford

Dublin

Conwy

Chester

Ludlow

Cardiff

Glastonbury

Plymouth

Cliffs of Moher

Lanre

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