Castles & Kingdoms
London, Bath, York, English Lake District, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, Limerick, Cong
Head to the Islands of Britain and Ireland for a stately journey across rugged, fairy-tale lands. A storyteller's paradise, you'll uncover the essence of Britain and the natural elements of Ireland, meeting some colorful characters along the way.
Our prices start from11,750 LAND ONLY
21 Days • GUIDED • 30 MealsOperated Tour
- 21 nights accommodation
- Services of a Traveling Concierge
- All on-tour transportation and related fees, including on-tour flight
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Round-trip airport to hotel transfers (Restrictions apply)
- Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
- 20 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Day 1 - Welcome To London
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at London Heathrow Airport, you will begin your journey with a transfer in an executive car, along with other guests arriving at a similar time, to the luxurious Rubens at the Palace, an exquisite five-star hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace. A part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, the Rubens is yours to explore, as you spend the day at leisure. At 6 p.m. meet your traveling concierge and travel companions for a welcome dinner hosted at the English Grill Restaurant.
Day 2 - Traditions And Treasures Of London
A modern-day hub of culture and commerce, and once the center of an empire, London is undoubtedly one of the world's greatest cities, teeming with millions of stories. Your traveling concierge will introduce you to a local expert – a passionate resident who will share fascinating stories about the city, as you explore the city to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Enjoy dinner as you please.
Day 3 - Stonehenge And Georgian Bath
Begin your journey this morning at the mysterious Stonehenge, and stand in awe of the scale of arguably Britain's most best-known UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your travels to the Georgian city of Bath where people have been indulging in the healing waters for millennia. Take a walk along streets lined with exquisite architecture and immerse yourself within the city's contemporary atmosphere. This evening unwind in chic cocktail bars and welcoming traditional pubs, or explore the evening scene that embraces comedy, live music and theater. Ask your travelling concierge for recommendations.
Day 4 - Relaxed Start - Explore Bath
Start the day with a visit to the original Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Room, one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world and imagine how Romans once gathered to relish the good life. The rest of the day is yours to explore the many different sites that Bath has to offer and walk the streets that Jane Austin did. For many Bath is synonymous with the English writer Jane Austen. The author of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion lived here in the early 1800s and used the city as a setting for two of her novels. This evening enjoy a spectacular highlight dinner at Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Day 5 - Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon And York
Journey through the Cotswolds, famous for gentle rolling hillsides known as "wolds," green river valleys and historic market towns. Arrive in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare with time to explore this famous market town and have lunch. Your journey continues to the medieval city of York. York is like nowhere else in England with cobbled streets, quaint tearooms and gothic buildings.
Day 6 - Relaxed Start - Medieval Wonders Of York
Step back in time as you explore the medieval streets of York and learn about its lively characters. Once an important center of Roman occupation in England, this is a storybook city surrounded by a large stone wall dating back to the 13th century. Experience York Your Way with a choice of two outstanding experiences today. Either join a local expert for a historic walk on the famous city walls - the longest medieval walls in England - and appreciate spectacular views of the river and the Old Town. Alternatively, embark on a leisurely guided tour to the York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe and one of the most outstanding Gothic buildings in the world. This afternoon, journey to Castle Howard, one of Britain's finest historic houses. On arrival you will be escorted to the Grecian Hall for a delicious, traditional English afternoon tea. Once the castle has closed its doors, receive a private, after-hours visit with a guide who will show you the intricate architecture and share with you the history of the house. You will have some time to explore the best parts of the gardens before returning to York for an evening at leisure.
Day 7 - The Wild And Poetic Lake District
The rugged and dramatic beauty of the English Lake District famously inspired 19th century writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Experience the charms of a bygone era, as you step onboard a historic steam train at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Station for a short ride along the southern banks of the lake. Journey through mystical forests to the lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere with a chance to explore, before continuing to your hotel located at Ullswater, considered by some to be the most beautiful of the English lakes. This evening, enter the dramatic ruins of Lowther Castle and take time to explore the ancient grounds. Enjoy a private dinner in the sculpture gallery which overlooks the castle gardens.
Day 8 - Alnwick Castle
Journey to majestic Alnwick Castle and explore its magnificent interiors. Join a local expert for an in-depth exploration of the 11th century castle, with its striking medieval architecture and see why it was featured in the Harry Potter films. Your travels continue to the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh where you have an evening to enjoy at your leisure. Your traveling concierge is a treasure-trove of knowledge and will happily guide you to the best local restaurants and attractions. During August, you're invited to witness The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the most spectacular military concerts on earth and a celebration of the history, heritage and colours of Scotland's regiments both near and far.
Day 9 - Relaxed Start - Highlights Of Beautiful Edinburgh
Enjoy a visit to magnificent Edinburgh Castle, Scotland's most visited landmark. Skip the queue and join a local expert for a guided exploration of the castle grounds. Learn about the castle's tumultuous history and appreciate panoramic views of the city below. Travel along Princes Street, past the Gothic Sir Walter Scott Monument, and continue down the Royal Mile to the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the principal residence of Scottish royalty since the 16th century. In true Gaelic style, meet a professional bagpiper, who is said to have been the Queen Mother's favorite. Be enchanted as you listen to iconic music and fascinating tales about Scottish culture, whilst enjoying tea and scones. Raise a glass this evening to new friendships and a memorable journey, as we toast during our celebration dinner.
Day 10 - Edinburgh To Belfast
Enjoy a morning at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Belfast, the energetic, memorable capital of Northern Ireland. On arrival you will be welcomed by a representative before a private transfer to your luxurious home for the next three nights. Located in the heart of Belfast City Centre, you'll have time to get settled in your executive room before joining your traveling concierge and fellow traveling companions at 6 p.m. for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11 - Highlights Of Belfast
Delve into Northern Ireland's inspiring and heartbreaking history in Belfast. Begin the day by heading to the Titanic Belfast Museum - the museum and monument are located on the site where the RMS Titanic was built from 1909-1912. With your local expert enjoy a panoramic tour of Belfast, hear the history of the city and learn about the city's progress and current prosperity. You'll also see the City Hall, Queen's University, Parliament Building at Stormont and murals indicating political sentiments of local residents. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Ask your traveling concierge for tips on exploring the area or their advice on the best restaurants for trying local delicacies.
Day 12 - Giant's Causeway And Londonderry
See Northern Ireland's most spectacular geological wonders at the Giant's Causeway on a private tour with a local ranger who will explain its ancient history and impressive formation. Next, you'll head to Londonderry to meet Ronan, a local expert and one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers. The evening is yours at leisure, perhaps head back to your luxury hotel and make the most of its facilities.
Day 13 - Vibrant Dublin
Today you'll make your way to Dublin. A haven for literary buffs and Guinness lovers, Ireland's unique capital is a hedonist's dream. Take a city tour with your traveling concierge to see O'Connell Street, Custom House and St. Patrick's Cathedral, before heading to the Little Museum of Dublin after hours. This experience looks to tap into Ireland's dynamic history in an animated way. You'll explore the museum with its founder, respected author Trevor White, who'll also provide you with a signed copy of his critically acclaimed book, "Alfie." Enjoy a glass of prosecco with him as you learn more about the lives of Dubliners.
Day 14 - A Truly Irish Experience
Head to the iconic Guinness Storehouse, where you'll get to explore the venue before it opens to the public, with a private opportunity to learn how to pull the perfect pint. Enjoy a visit to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College, accompanied by a local expert who will share their insights into the establishment's impressive history. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time in Dublin. Perhaps head to the National Museum of Ireland or the Dublin City Gallery. This evening, delve into Dublin's delights, dining at a pub in the center of the city and watch it come to life. End your day by relaxing in your luxury boutique hotel.
Day 15 - Relaxed Start - Glendalough To Kilkenny
Enjoy a leisurely morning before heading to Glendalough, a glacial valley in County Wicklow, where you'll explore with a Local Expert. Continue to the medieval town of Kilkenny. Known as the Marble City, take a stroll on Kilkenny's medieval mile, which is a trail that links Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice's Cathedral and filled with shops, pubs, restaurants and picturesque alleyways. Your hotel for the night is Lyrath Estate, a beautiful, historic residence where you'll spend the night. End the day with a Michelin-starred dinner at Lady Helen and savour a menu prepared using locally-sourced ingredients.
Day 16 - Banter In Blarney
Start your day in pretty Cashel, a small town in the south of Ireland, famous for its medieval buildings. See the spectacular Rock of Cashel, or St. Patrick's Rock, the traditional seat of the High Kings of Munster. Those looking to keep up with local Irish banter will enjoy a visit to Blarney Castle. Legend has it that kissing the Blarney Stone, a block of limestone built into the castle, gives you the gift of the gab. In the evening you'll enjoy dinner at the family-run Treyvaud's restaurant, which specializes in international cuisine. Later, try Irish dancing for yourself during a simple dance class with the Gaelic Roots, before settling in your VIP seats to watch the show.
Day 17 - Sweet Ring Of Kerry
Enjoy a morning at leisure in the comfort of your luxurious hotel, before traveling through beautiful Killarney National Park, where sweeping mountains, lush lake lands and valleys await you as you drive along the iconic Ring of Kerry. Return to Killarney and take a scenic jaunting carriage ride through Killarney National Park. Enjoy a pint in one of Killarney's most popular pubs and perhaps stay to enjoy the local music later in the evening.
Day 18 - Exploring Limerick
Take in the fresh, sea air, as you drive along the Dingle Peninsula. The area's craggy clifftops and rolling hills have inspired films such as "Ryan's Daughter." Head on to the village of Adare. Famous for its thatched-roof cottages and charm, this heritage town is a worthy detour for budding photographers looking to document their journey. Your travels continue to Limerick where your travelling concierge leads you on an orientation of the city. While here, you'll see St. Mary's Cathedral, the oldest and most historic building in Limerick, and the city's stone, where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691.
Day 19 - Regal County Mayo
Travel through beautiful Country Clare to admire the breathtaking views of the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Continue to Galway, a harbor city that prides itself on its bustling streets and pubs, boutiques and quirky art galleries, where you'll explore with your traveling concierge. Journey on to the pretty village of Cong in County Mayo. Quaint in size but grand in character, this beautiful destination houses the famous Ashford Castle, where on arrival a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge. This luxury hotel is where you'll stay the next two nights. Formerly home to the Guinness family, the hotel boasts sumptuous rooms, antique furniture and unique historic features at every turn. The castle is set upon an idyllic 350-acre estate, making it a dreamy location for a relaxing and picturesque retreat. In the evening you will dine at Cullen's at the Cottage, on the grounds of Ashford Castle this traditional thatched cottage used to be Cong Cinema.
Day 20 - Relaxed Start - Majestic Ashford Castle
Enjoy a relaxed start in your stately abode. During your leisure time why not head for a walk in its grounds and take in the plush exterior and crisp, fresh country air. Experience Ashford Castle your way with a choice between a unique falconry experience or a guided historical tour of the castle. Your final day culminates with a celebration dinner at the esteemed George V Dining Room. Built specially for King George V in 1905, this room bestows a grand sense of occasion. Dine like royalty and share stories from the journey with your new-found friends, over dinner and wine.
Day 21 - Depart Shannon
It's time to say goodbye or "slán" to your fellow travelers, as a transfer takes you to Shannon Airport. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
2021 Tour Dates
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and on-tour flights only, based on May 13, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $4,000. International airfare is additional.
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