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Castles and Cottages of the United Kingdom  (16 Days)

Nothing is quite as romantic as touring the beauty and serenity of that offered in the rural United Kingdom. Travel through the landscapes of Great Britain and Ireland, where hundreds of years of history spring suddenly to life. See 40 shades of green as you start your journey with the scenic Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle and Dublin. Cross the Irish Sea to visit England’s Lake District, then turn north to lochs and hills of the rolling Scottish Highlands. End your Edventure amid Edinburgh’s Georgian architecture, as you sample everything iconic to Scotland. Your appetite for castles and cottages will be satisfied for years to come!

Your Edventure Includes
  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of departure gateway)
  • 14 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 10 three-course dinners served with wine or beer
  • Full-time multilingual tour director
  • Visit to Mountjoy Prison, Dublin (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)
  • Private deluxe motor coach and high speed ferry transportation
  • Select admissions with priority entry

Ring of Kerry

Blarney Castle and Grounds

Conwy Castle, Wales

Chester (Cheshire), England

Eilene Dornan Castle

View of the Lakes District

Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

Stirling Castle, Scotland

Dove Cottage

Edinburgh Castle and Cemetary

Price: $5,135.00 (2016) based on double occupancy, plus optional $394.00 TravelSafe Premium*

Optional excursion: Liverpool - $69 per person


Optional excursion: St. Andrews - $79 per person

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Itinerary

Day 1 - (In-flight meals) Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Ireland's Shannon airport aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Day 2 - (In-flight meals, Dinner) Welcome to Ireland, After clearing customs and collecting your bags, transfer to Limerick by bus. where you'll meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Day 3 - (Breakfast, Dinner) An expert local guide leads your travel through the rugged countryside of Western Ireland, which includes a stop in the village of Adare en route to County Kerry, where your included dinner awaits.

Day 4 (Breakfast) Make your way around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney, gaze across Dingle Bay to Dingle Peninsula, take in unsurpassed views of the Skellig Islands, and explore the picturesque village of Sneem.

Day 5 - (Breakfast) Head to Kilkenny, a city built on the banks of the River Nore, stopping en route to visit Blarney Castle, where you'll enter Blarney Castle and kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant the “gift of gab”. Depart for the small port town of Cobh, once a launch site for ships bound for North America. There, enter the Queenstown Story Museum to hear stories of Irish emigration.

Day 6 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Discover St. Canice’s Cathedral, a well-known Kilkenny landmark, with your Tour Director. Then on to Dublin, where a professional local guide leads your comprehensive sightseeing tour of Dublin. First, drive past the River Liffey to Phoenix Park. The largest enclosed public park in Europe and twice the area of New York’s Central Park, the Phoenix’s grounds include the Arás an Uachtaráin (Presidential Residence) and Dublin Zoo. You’ll also see Temple Bar and Dublin Castle. Then visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in the 5th century A.D., and Trinity College, where you can view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library.

Day 7 - (Breakfast, Dinner) County Wicklow has some of the wildest and most spectacular mountain scenery in Ireland, as well as many of the country’s most important historic sites. Journey through Wicklow’s captivating landscapes to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking raiders in the 10th century. Here, you’ll see St. Kevin’s Cross, marking the place where the saint lies buried, the remains of the sixth-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by monks as a place of refuge. Your Tour Director will lead you on a tour of the site. Enjoy the afternoon and evening on your own in Dublin as Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials visit Mountjoy Prison before rejoining their companions.

Day 8 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Travel through the untamed wilderness of Wales and  stop for a visit of Conwy Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and medieval fortification that dates back to the 13th century, on your way to Cheshire for an included dinner.

Day 9 - (Breakfast) Join your Tour Director for an introduction to Chester, once a stronghold of the Roman empire. Admire the largest Roman amphitheater in England, and pass the site of Chester’s original Roman fortress and four city gates. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore this quaint city, or join an optional excursion to the home of Beatlemania. The city of Liverpool has a deep British history. Once a small medieval fishing village, the city has grown to become one of England’s most important seaports. On this excursion, follow an expert local guide through the city’s revitalized streets to view such attractions as the Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Next, visit the Beatles Story Museum for the complete Beatles experience. You’ll also have some free time to explore on your own. Consider checking out the shops on rejuvenated Albert Dock, visiting the Maritime Museum or going to the Cavern Club, where the Fab Four used to play. (additional excursion fee required).

Day 10 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Journey past the great cities of the Industrial Revolution and on to the moorlands above Halifax to arrive in the green landscapes of the Lake District. Stop in the town of Haworth to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë once lived and wrote. As you drive through the Pennines, your tour guide will explain why this a mountain range is known as “the backbone of England” Dinner will await you when you arrive in Keswick.

Day 11 - (Breakfast) Travel through wooded valleys and charming lakeside villages on a day out in the Lakes, a scenic shire once heralded by the Romantic poets. You’ll visit Dove Cottage, home to poet William Wordsworth in the early 19th century. You’ll also enjoy free time in Bowness or Grasmere, as time allows. Continue on to Lakeside, where you’ll embark on a cruise of Lake Windermere, the largest of the region’s lakes.

Day 12 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Cross into Scotland and travel onward to the historic Highlands region.Take in views of Loch Lomond, whose beauty was observed by Sir Walter Scott. Then travel through Glencoe, site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan.

Day 13 - (Breakfast, Dinner) After a scenic drive to the coast, hop a ferry and travel to the Isle of Skye, famous for its association with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Visit the stately Clan Donald Centre, which portrays clan life on the island and pays homage to Gaelic culture and Highland history. Make your way back to the mainland and over to the banks of Loch Duich to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, arguably the world's most photographed castle.

Day 14 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Motor through the Trossachs countryside, passing scenic mountains and lochs. En route to Edinburgh, stop for a visit at Stirling Castle, where King James VI once lived. Then, tonight, enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration. Along with a savory dinner of local favorites, the evening will feature folk dancers, bagpipers, fiddlers and the “Ceremony of the Haggis.”

Day 15 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Today is a sightseeing day of Edinburgh. Follow a Scottish local guide as you tour from the elegant Georgian New Town to the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument, Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone. This afternoon, enjoy some free time, or join an optional excursion to St Andrews, most well-known as the home of golf, but also for the site of Scotland's oldest university. On this excursion, you'll pass by the 16th-century grounds of St. Andrews University, the alma mater of Prince William, who met Kate Middleton here. You'll also pass by the ruins of the town's cathedral and castle. Later, visit the British Golf Museum, where you’ll discover how golf transformed from a Scottish pastime into a global obsession (additional excursion fee required). Later, the entire group gathers to say goodbye at a farewell dinner.

Day 16 - (Breakfast) Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Next Departure Dates: 
July 2018 (UKCC0718)

 June 2019 (UKCC0619)
May 2020 UKCC0520)
July 2020 (UKCC0720)

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