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Castles and Cottages of the United Kingdom  (16 Days)

Nothing is quite as romantic as the beauty and serenity of rural United Kingdom. Travel through the landscapes of Great Britain and Ireland, where hundreds of years of history spring to life. It's 40 shades of green as your journey begins with the scenic Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle and Dublin. Cross the Irish Sea to England’s Lake District, then head to the lochs and hills of the Scottish Highlands. End your Edventure in Edinburgh, 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
  • 7 three-course dinners served with wine or beer
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • HMP Edinburgh and/or Mountjoy Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transportation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour
  • Select admission with priority entry

Edinburgh Castle and Cemetary

Stirling Castle, Scotland

Eilene Dornan Castle

View of the Lakes District

Chester (Cheshire), England

Conwy Castle, Wales

Blarney Castle and Grounds

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Price: $5,756.00 (2019) based on double occupancy, plus optional $429.00 premium trip protection*

Next Departure Dates: 

 June 2020 (UKCC0620)
June 2021 (UKCC0621)
May 2022 UKCC0522)
July 2022 (UKCC0722)
August 2022 (UKCC0822)

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Edventure Highlights Include:

~ Welcome Dinner

~ A tour of Edinbough to see the elegant Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the King George statue, Bute House and Sir Walter Scott monument, and Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

~ An optional excursion, first to Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott, followed by a visit to the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders Abbeys ($95/pp)

~Correctional Officers may visit HMP Edinburgh or Mountjoy Prison

~ Stirling, a town steeped in the history of the Wars of Scottish Independence and its castle, where "Braveheart" William Wallace beat back the British at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, and to Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 142 AD

~ The banks of Loch Lomond and a stop in Glencoe, site of the notorious 1692 MacDonald clan massacre

~ The historic Blair Castle, the home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl that dates back to medieval times, to explore Edradour distillery with a guide and enjoy a whisky tasting

~ An authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration consisting of a savory dinner of local favorites, along with entertainment by folk dancers, bagpipers, fiddlers and the “Ceremony of the Haggis”

~ The Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre to see a full-scale replica of the loch’s legendary monster

~ Culloden Moor, where Jacobite forces were defeated by the British at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, and Cawdor Castle; wiith its Shakespearean ties, considered one of the most romantic castles in the highlands

~ A ferry ride to the Isle of Skye, and Loch Duich to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, arguably the world's most photographed castle

The wild, emerald-green landscapes, wooded valleys and charming lakeside villages of the Lakes District, once heralded by the Romantic poets, including a stop at Dove Cottage, once home to poet William Wordsworth

~ A tour of historic Chester to admire the ruins of the largest Roman amphitheater in England, the Chester Cathedral, and the old city walls

~ Majestic Conwy Castle, built for Edward I as part of his "Ring of Iron", considered among the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation

A high-speed ferry across the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Dublin

~ A sightseeing tour of Dublin as a local guide leads visitors to Phoenix Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College, to view the illuminated Book of Kells

A special evening of traditional Irish food, music and entertainment, including a live show of Irish music and dance

~ An optional excursion to County Wicklow for a visit to Powerscourt, an elegant country mansion with the finest formal gardens in the country, and Glendalough, once famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before being sacked by Viking crusaders in the 10th century, including a tour of St. Kevin’s Cross, the remains of the 6th-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower ($39/pp)

~ The iconic Rock of Cashel, where the commanding stone buildings date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, on the way to Blarney Castle, a 15th-century fortress is known above all else for the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it

~ The Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, including the pristine Lakes of Killarney, Dingle Bay and the Dingle Peninsula, views of the Skellig Islands, and the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring,” where brightly painted cottages surround the cozy market green

~ A visit to 13th-century Bunratty Castle before traveling through the limestone plateau known as the Burren, and the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, rising 600 feet above the Atlantic Ocean

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 1.5 Hours
Average Activity Level: Easy to Moderate (mostly even terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets, few hills and stairs)

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