- Royal Wedding & Enchanted Ireland Tour 12 DAY TOUR
- Monday May 14 to Friday May 25, 2018
London Heathrow Airport –Winston Churchill birthplace and family home -Windsor Castle – London sightseeing in the vibrant capital city. - Fly to Ireland – Kerry – Killarney -Iveragh Peninsula– Blarney castle- Connemara– Cliff of Moher– Galway Bay- Shannon Airport
Highlights of the Tour include
• 12-day Escorted Tour Starts at Heathrow Airport London England ends Shannon Airport Ireland
• Professional Tour Manager throughout the Tour
• 4 Star Mercure Hotel St Albans City England (6 Nights) within easy reach of London, Windsor
• Winston Churchill birthplace and family home Blenheim Palace
• West End of London Theater production
• Royal Windsor Castle and Town, St Georges Chapel, Eton college, Windsor River Cruise
• Runnymede next to the river Thames where the signing of Magna Carta took place in 1215
• Central London, Where the Wedding of Princess Diana took place at St Paul’s Cathedral
• Churchills Secret War Rooms, Tower of London, London Museums, guided Tour of London
• 24 meals (12 English, Irish Breakfast, 10 Dinners, Irish Music Dinner Show, English Tea
• St Albans Cathedral built from 1070 Normans, Romans, Gothic guided Tour.
• Deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches Baggage handling included
• Opportunities in London for the day, with the Pass to do and shop and see what you have missed
• London Pass included Free Entry to over 80 Attractions and free hop on and off Bus service
• Wedding Day be there live and in person at Windsor to see the happy couple
• as they greet the crowd in horse carriage near Windsor castle
• Flight from London area airport to Airport in Ireland
• Ireland, Killarney National Park with Jaunting car ride, Ring of Kerry
• Iveragh Peninsula breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline
• Blarney Castle – Woolen Mills for shopping Bunratty – Galway
• Connemara, mountains, Lakelands. Kylemore Abbey, John Wayne Quiet Man classic movie
Day 1 – Monday May 14, 2018 Arrive Heathrow Airport, London, Blenheim Palace
Arrival day. Stay before the tour starts at one of London Heathrow Airport Hotels or be picked up at airport by 10 am. We will take short drive to Oxfordshire to see Winston Churchills Home Blenheim Palace for Guided Tour, time to see wonderful Gardens. Downton Abbey Fans will see the classic English village of Bampton situated in the beautiful Cotswolds where the award winning series was filmed.In the afternoon we drive to our hotel with time to relax before Dinner.
Hotel 4 Star Mercure Noke St Albans (Staying for the next 6 nights)
Day 2 - Tuesday May 15 – Motor Coach sightseeing tour around Central London and Afternoon Theater show
After Hearty Breakfast we transfer by coach to City of London, and chance to see The Changing of The Guard at Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, the Cenotaph war memorial and Winston Churchills Secret Underground War Rooms in Westminster. Nearby is Downing Street along with Trafalgar Square and Nelsons Column. In the Afternoon we attend a matinee performance of one the longest running shows in the West End of London. Motor Coach sightseeing tour around the central London.
Day 3 – Wednesday May 16, Windsor, Eton and Runnymede
We will visit the longest and oldest inhabited Castle in the World by the current reigning Queen Elizabeth. Visit and tour one of the oldest parts of Windsor town with our guide. Later we see Eton College where Prince’s Harry and William studied. Charming Windsor River Cruise on the Thames followed by a short drive to Historic Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. B. DI
Day 4 -Thursday May 17 Royal Palace with Princess Diana Tour, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis
We visit The Tower of London which was built in the 11th century, Kensington Palace which was home to Princess Diana. The Royal Albert Hall, one of London’s most iconic buildings. Experience the excitement inside one of the world’s most famous venues as it prepares for the next performance on a Royal Albert Hall Grand Tour. The Shard London’s newest and tallest building, great views of London, don’t forget your camera. Stop to see Diana’s favorite pizza restaurant. Wimbledon home Lawn Tennis tour. so much see so little time! B. D
DAY 5 – Friday May 18 Historic St Albans Abbey and catch up with sights and attractions of London you missed.
We start out locally from our hotel and make a visit to one UK best kept secrets St Albans Abbey started by the Normans. This is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain and stands over the place where Alban, Britain’s first saint, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago. Then on to London chance to see St Paul’s Cathedral where Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married. Then it’s time enjoy London with free step on step of London tour bus with your London pass and see the attractions that you might have missed with chance to shop for those special items.
Day 6 – Saturday May 19 Royal Wedding Day Drive to Windsor for the Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry which will take place at 12 Midday. Then afterwards, the happy couple are scheduled to take a Royal Carriage Procession through Windsor at approximately 1pm, after the wedding ceremony. This should also give spectators the opportunity to see them, before they return to the castle for their private celebrations. We return to the hotel to prepare for this evenings special dinner on our last night in England.
For Security Reasons and due to unforeseen circumstances, the itinerary is subject to change. B. D
DAY 7 – Sunday 20 May Leave England to Fly to Southern Ireland
After our last English breakfast, we Leave to go to Airport to fly to Kerry International Airport in Southern Ireland. You will be met by your driver/guide in the arrivals hall and escorted to your motor coach. This afternoon you will enjoy some sightseeing in the Killarney area. You will visit the Killarney National Park and see Muckross House and Gardens with chance to take Irish horse and cart (Jaunting Cart). This Victorian Mansion built in 1843 is one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. The gardens were laid out in 1861 in preparation for Queen Victoria’s visit. They are renowned world-wide for their beauty and noted for their fine collections of azaleas and rhododendrons. You will also visit Torc Waterfall and the 15c Ross Castle before checking into your centrally located Arbutus Hotel for a two night stay. (D)
Day 8 Monday - May 21. Ring of Kerry
Today, you embark on one of Ireland’s most famous tours – The Ring of Kerry. Your first stop this morning will be the Kerry Bog Village where you can visit little thatched cottages and see how people would have lived in Ireland many years ago. Your tour continues through the wild and rugged landscape of The Iveragh Peninsula which has some breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline. Your next stop is in in the heart of one of Ireland’s most picturesque villages. Your tour then winds its way to Molls Gap before returning to Killarney.
This evening, you will travel to Kate Kearney’s
Cottage where you will enjoy a traditional Irish
dinner in a cozy, informal atmosphere followed
by the best of traditional Irish music, song and dance.
Overnight: Killarney (B, & D)
Day 9 Tuesday May 22 : Blarney – Bunratty – Galway
This morning you travel to Blarney where you will have an opportunity to visit Blarney Castle and Gardens. The castle was built in 1446 and today you will have an opportunity to climb the spiral stairs to the top of the castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone said to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who dare. As you make your way through the castle grounds you can also visit the Castle Gardens and Rock Close. You will have some free time in Blarney to visit the Blarney. you could also visit Blarney Woolen Mills, close to the village green, which offers the best range of genuine Irish products. Complete the journey to Killarney , before departing. Your tour continues to Limerick City on the banks of the River Shannon – Irelands longest river and from here to Bunratty where you will stop at Durty Nellies, one of Ireland’s oldest pubs before continuing to Galway for a two-night stay. (B & D)
Day 10 Wednesday May 23: Irelands Connemara Mountains and lakes
This morning, you embark on a tour of Connemara made up of mountains, lakelands and boglands. Because of its wild and rugged beauty, it has been the location for many films. “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O Hara and in more recent times “The Field” starring Richard Harris to name but two. The scenery is both magical and mystical and is a paradise for artist and photographer alike. Your tour will include a visit to Kylemore Abbey, built 1866 and from 1920 to 2008 was home to the Benedictine Nuns. You can visit the Abbey’s Victorian Walled Garden which is completely enclosed by a brick and limestone wall and the beautiful Gothic Church built by Mitchell Henry in memory of his wife who died four years after the castle was constructed. From here you return to your hotel. (B & D)
Day 11 Thursday May 24: The Burren – Cliffs of Moher – Ennis
This morning, you depart Galway City and travel along the southern side of Galway Bay to Ballyvaughan. Your tour winds its way around Black Head and through the lunar type landscape of the Burren which takes its name from the Irish word 'bhoireann' meaning, 'a stony place' or 'a rocky place', which is a good description for this 350 sq. kilometres limestone plateau. The rough, intriguing and attractive landscape was formed 320 million years ago under a tropical sea. You make your way to the majestic Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point; they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast line. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. From here, you travel to Lahinch, famous for its golf course and continue to Ennis where you will check into the Inn at Dromoland. (B & D)
Day 12 Friday May 25: Depart Shannon Fly back to USA
This morning sadly, you will travel to a short distance to Shannon Airport for your flight home. With fond memories and newly acquired accents and many stories to relate to friends and family you bid farewell to the Emerald Isle. (B)
Beannacht De agus go N’eiri on bothair Libh
Royal Wedding Tour Monday May 14 to Friday May 25 2018
Early Booking Discount
SINGLE $3,360 = per day $280 Deposit $200
DOUBLE $2,650 = per day $220