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16 Days
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July 16 - July 31, 2019
Los Angeles Airport. If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares
Shannon, Ireland

IRELAND – NORTH IRELAND – SCOTLAND – ENGLAND

Cliffs of Moher – County Kerry – Muckross Friary – Blarney Castle – Kilkenny – Dublin – Belfast – Glasgow – Edinburgh – York – Stratford – Avon – London

 Tour: July 16 – July 31, 2019           Price: $5,495 + Tax  

The Cliffs of Moher at Sunset – Ireland

Itinerary

Day 01: Los Angeles - Ireland

Check-in at Los Angeles Airport. Depart for Shannon, Ireland.

Day 02: Welcome to Ireland

On Arrival at Shannon Airport meet with your driver/guide
Transfer to the Cliffs of Moher.
Enjoy a visit at the Cliffs of Moher
Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O’ Brien’s Tower built by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, to entertain his lady friends. A visit of the tower is also possible. The sweeping view across the Atlantic has recently been ranked the best ‘cliff-view’ on the planet by Conde Nast Traveler. The respected travel publication has voted the world-famous landmark at the top of a new chart of ‘ Nine Gorgeous Cliff Views That Rival The Grand Canyon’.
Atlantic Edge is the exciting new interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher and is built into the natural landscape. The centre is a huge domed cave that contains images, exhibits, displays & experiences exploring different elements of the mighty Cliffs of Moher: Ocean, Rock, Nature and Man. The visitor centre has a restaurant, shop facilities and ample coach and car parking. A spectacular upgraded 13 km of scenic coastal pathway along the Cliffs of Moher links Doolin to Hags Head.

Take the Shannon Car Ferry to County Kerry
Check into your hotel
Overnight, dinner bed and full breakfast at your hotel in Killarney or area. (B/D)

Day 03: The Ring of Kerry

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of the Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry (166km) is the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. The astonishing beauty of this large peninsula, Iveragh, comes from the great diversity of its scenery, which offers incessant contrasts. En route around the Ring, take in spectacular scenery – mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as one travels along the coast road. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Continuing to Cahirciveen, you’ll pass the birthplace of our National hero, Daniel O’Connell. Next, continue on through peat bogs to the town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly coloured houses. The road then continues through the mountains to Molls Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.Molls’ Gap is a spectacular photographic viewing point on the famous Ring of Kerry Tour. The visitor is presented with a magnificent view of Black Valley. Close by is the famous Ladies View viewing point with gives a different perspective of this magnificent countryside, with the 3 Lakes of Killarney all surrounded by the Kerry Mountains. Ladies View received its name from Queen Victoria, who was so impressed with the view that she insisted that her ladies-in-waiting should also visit here.

Visit Muckross Friary
This Franciscan friary was founded in the 15th century and is in a remarkable state of preservation. The tower was added after the church was built and is the only Franciscan tower in Ireland which is as wide as the church. The cloister and its associated buildings are complete and an old yew tree stands in the centre. The monks were finally driven out by the Cromwellians in 1652. Access is possible all year round, except to areas undergoing conservation works.

Overnight, dinner bed and full breakfast at your hotel in Killarney or area. (B/D)

Day 04: Killarney - Kilkenny

Visit Blarney Castle
Attracting visitors from all over the world, Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney village, 8 km from Cork city. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy’s, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles, and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster. Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney stone, the Stone of Eloquence, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Many legends tell the story of the Stone, but why not kiss it and find out the truth behind the legend. The Castle gardens covering 60 acres of land are under constant change and over the past few years, a water garden, fern garden and poison garden have been developed and are all open to visitors.

Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cork with a local guide

Continue to Kilkenny
Visit the Rock of Cashel
Possibly the most photographed site in Ireland, the Rock of Cashel towers over the town of Cashel from its perch on a 200-foot high outcrop of limestone. Once the seat of the Kings of Munster. St. Patrick visited the rock in 450 AD, while Brian Boru was crowned the first high King of Ireland here in the tenth century. Granted to the church in the twelfth century, by the O’Brien clan, today the impressive stone walls enclose a round tower, a cathedral, a 12th-century Romanesque chapel and high crosses. The Vicars Choral has been recently restored and its basement houses a small museum of artifacts found on the site. One of the leading visitor attractions in Ireland, in 2011 it was visited by Queen Elizabeth II on her historic first visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Overnight, dinner bed and full breakfast at your hotel in Kilkenny or area. (B/D)

Day 05: Kilkenny - Dublin

Today travel to Dublin via Wicklow
Visit Glendalough
This early Christian monastic site was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. The Visitor Centre has an interesting exhibition on Glendalough detailing the history, archaeology and wildlife of this area of Wicklow and includes an audio-visual show . French, Italian and Spanish guided tours are available all year by advance booking. While the visitor centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities, access to the monastic site is very difficult for wheelchair users.

Check into your hotel in Dublin.

Overnight, dinner bed and full breakfast at your hotel in Dublin or area. (B/D)

Day 06: Dublin

Today enjoy a panoramic city tour of Dublin with a local guide
Visit Trinity College
Trinity was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st on grounds confiscated from an Augustinian priory and is the oldest university in Ireland. The Campanile, erected in 1852, was built on what is believed to be the centre of the monastery. Built to further the education of the ruling Anglo-Irish families, restrictions were imposed to prevent Catholic from attending courses. These restrictions were not fully lifted until the 1970’s. Trinity however admitted women in 1902, earlier than most British universities. Most of the main buildings off the main square were built during the Georgian period, some of which replaced older buildings. Within its walls, visitors will be able to admire Parliament Square and its 18th Century edifices. Trinity College has had many famous students such as Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett who later became a lecturer in French at the university. The inter-denominational Church is very much worth a visit.

Visit Guinnness Storehouse
The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe’s largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what goes into the making a pint of Guinness – the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft and the passion. The exhibition shows how the brew has been marketed and how it is today sold in over 150 countries. Once the tour has finished, the guest is invited to the Gravity Bar to enjoy their pint of Guinness. Regular demonstrations on the art of pulling a pint of Guinness also take place in the Storehouse. Launched on the fifth floor in 2011, “Five” at Guinness Storehouse, includes a small replica authentic Irish Bar, an 18th Century inspired Brewers Dining Hall, and a restaurant named Gilroy’s where guests enjoy a Guinness gastronomical experience driven entirely by the Irish tradition of wholesome local produce. Menus include local foods such as Ardsallagh goat’s cheese, Irish mussels from Carlingford and the Waterford Blaas bread supplied by MD Bakery in Waterford. This area will host from time to time live cooking demonstrations using Guinness in the recipe and it includes an interactive recipe sharing bank that allows visitors to take Guinness recipe cards home.

Overnight, dinner bed and full breakfast at your hotel in Dublin or area. (B/D)

Day 07: Dublin - Belfast

Depart Dublin today and make your way North

Visit Bru Na Boinne and Newgrange
Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre is designed to present the archaeological heritage of the Boyne Valley, which includes the fascinating megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The extensive exhibition includes a full-scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange as well as a full model of one of the smaller tombs at Knowth. The centre is the starting point for all visits to both monuments, and contains extensive interpretative displays and viewing areas. It also includes a café / restaurant.
Note: Subject to availability at time of booking

Continue to Belfast
Meet with a local guide for a Belfast City Tour
A guided city tour is an excellent way to discover Belfast City. The tour will take in the leaning Albert Memorial Clock tower (Irelands answer to the Tower of Pisa) and the Opera House, which is one of Belfast’s great landmarks. Your tour will pass by the City Hall, the Opera house, The Crown Bar (dates from 1885), Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. Some tours will take in a visit to the Harland and Wolfe Shipyard, where the Titanic was built
and launched in 1912. A visit to the Shankill and Falls road will be of interest as it will give the visitor an indication of how life was in Belfast during the troubles.

Visit Titanic Belfast
Located in the heart of Belfast, the Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in an iconic, six floor building right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction. Opened in April 2012 to coincide with the centenary of its launch, the self-guided journey begins on entering the building’s giant atrium, where the visitor is surrounded by the four ‘ship’s hull’ shaped wings which house the Titanic Experience. As you journey through the nine large galleries of the interactive exhibition, you will uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900’s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.

Overnight, dinner bed and full breakfast at your hotel in Belfast or area. (B/D)

Day 08: Belfast - Glasgow

This morning, travel to Belfast port and travel to Cairnryan as foot passengers.
Board your new coach and travel to Glasgow.
Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of Glasgow with local guide
In terms of style and culture, Scotland’s largest city is a true revelation. The variety of internationally recognized museums and galleries, varied architecture and numerous shopping opportunities make the city unique. Glasgow offers a variety of entertainment venues throughout the year, with an art scene that produces innovative works and attracts high-profile exhibitions. For this reason, in 1990 the city was named European Capital of Culture. In 1999 she received the award “City of Architecture and Design”. The architecture is certainly an attraction in itself and is particularly impressed by the Victorian influences and the unique masterpieces of the architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the most celebrated inhabitants of the city.

Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Glasgow or area. (B/D)

Day 09: Glasgow

This morning, travel to Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs National Park is a stunning park, encompassing a total area of a little over 100 square miles. Within the park, you can find mountains, lakes, forests, and waterfalls, among many others. A huge amount of wildlife call this park home, including eagles, otters, red squirrels, and red deer. The park is also home to the splendid Loch Lomond. Loch is the Scottish word for lake.
Whilst in the park, enjoy a cruise of Loch Lomond

After, visit Deanston Distillery
On the banks of the River Teith, Deanston distillery first opened its doors in 1785, not as a distillery, but as a cotton mill. As the mill flourished, the village began to take shape. Changing times resulted in the closure of the mill in 1965 but was it possible that the perfect place to make cotton was also the perfect place to make whisky? It most certainly was.

Return to Glasgow.
Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Glasgow or area. (B/D)

Day 10: Glasgow - Edinburgh

Depart Glasgow and travel to Edinburgh.
En-route, visit Stirling Castle
One of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, Stirling Castle commands the countryside for many miles around. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in the summer of 1314. Situated on a volcanic outcrop guarding the lowest crossing point of the River Forth, Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish Independence and a source of enduring national pride. The castle’s long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. It has seen many royal dramas and witnessed the lives and deaths of almost every Scottish monarch up to the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

Upon arrival in Edinburgh, spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Edinburgh or area. (B/D)

Day 11: Edinburgh

Today, enjoy a walking tour of Edinburgh
Discover the Scottish capital during a walking tour. Edinburgh will impress you mainly with its cultural diversity and unique history. The medieval streets meander through the whole city and tell their own story of traditions and myths more than 1000 years old. During the tour, get to know different parts of the city – such as the Royal Mile and Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh also has a modern side, and the whole city has a lively atmosphere as well as that certain Scottish twist.

Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Edinburgh or area. (B/D)

Day 12: Edinburgh - York

Travel from Edinburgh to York today.
En-route, visit Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country; home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years. The castle’s rich history is brimming with drama, intrigue, and extraordinary people; from a gunpowder plotter and visionary collectors, to decadent hosts and medieval England’s most celebrated knight: Harry Hotspur. In recent years it has also taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, such as Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films.
Also visit Durham Cathedral
Standing dramatically on a rocky promontory over-looking the medieval city of Durham is the beautiful Durham Cathedral. Built in the 11th century in a mix of Norman and Romanesque styles, this grand building has been a place of worship for almost a thousand years, and it known throughout Europe as one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture. It also now stands as the only cathedral in England to Britain to retain almost all of its original Norman craftsmanship. This UNESCO World Heritage attraction provides greater insight into its fascinating past with a new and interactive Open Treasure exhibit which opens up previously hidden spaces and showcases the cathedral’s historical collections

Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in York or area. (B/D)

Day 13: York to Stratford-upon-Avon

Depart for Stratford-upon-Avon this morning.
Upon arrival, visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace
In the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon is a distinctive 16th century, half-timbered house where the great Bard William Shakespeare was born, grew up and lived with Anne Hathaway and his children for the first five years of their married life. Today the birthplace of William Shakespeare is a literary shrine to millions of pilgrims per year and gives visitors a glimpse into the life of Shakespeare through the artifacts and memorabilia of a number of exhibitions, one of which includes a copy of the only known portrait of the playwright. The house can be toured with an audio guide and there is also a shop, café and gardens.
Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon or area. (B/D)

Day 14: Stratford-upon-Avon to London

Travel to London today, via Oxford.
Enjoy a city tour of Oxford
From humble beginnings as a small Saxon town, Oxford has grown and into a world renowned centre of learning. A tour of Oxford will pass a number of Oxford University’s most notable buildings. The Venetian inspired Bridge of Sighs connects two parts of Hertford College, the Bodleian Library which is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. After plenty of food for thought, a little food may be to order at the bustling covered market.
Along the way, visit Christchurch College & Cathedral
Christchurch College is the largest college in one of the most prestigious universities in the world. With over 500 years of history and an introduction into modern popular culture Oxford University’s Christchurch College means different things to different people. For some it is indelibly linked to some of the great historical figures in the spheres of religion, philosophy and politics including John Wesley, Robert Peel, William Gladstone and no less than 13 British Prime Ministers. On the big screen Christchurch College appears in the blockbuster Harry Potter film series and the college’s Great Hall was replicated in the Warner Bros. Studios as Hogwarts Hall. In Literature, the often fairytale setting of the college and the children of the Dean inspired Lewis Carroll to create the much-loved novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Continue to London.

Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in London or area. (B/D)

Day 15: London

Full day guided tour of London.

Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in London or area. (B/D)

Day 16: Farewell

Fly back to the U.S.

Notes

Departure & Return

  • Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
  • If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip economy airfares from LA – Dublin & London to LA as described in tour package
  • 4-5 star hotels with dual occupancy room. Single occupancy room, please contact AV Travel for price quote
  • Deluxe coach between cities
  • Breakfast and some dinners are included.  Entertainment is included with special dinner
  • All entrance sightseeing fees are inclusive
  • Daily sightseeing tours with professional English speaking local guides
  • Travel insurance included in tour package
  • AV Travel tour director will assist and escort travelers from departing location (LAX)

Terms & Agreements

  • A deposit of $300 per person is required
  • The final payment is due 45 days prior to departure
  • A full payment is required in booking within 45 days prior to departure
  • Tour fare does not include: Gratuity to driver & tour guide, Porterage at hotel & Personal expense
  • Tour participants are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months before the return date 
  • It is the responsibility of the tour participants to submit valid and proper travel documentation. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa requirements