Essence of Britain & Ireland CIE Tours International

Essence of Britain & Ireland

After exploring London and Stonehenge, head west to Wales. Visit Cardiff and the lush green countryside before taking a ferry to Waterford. In Ireland explore the cities of Waterford, Dublin and Belfast. Take a ferry to Edinburgh and en route back to London visit many quaint villages as well as Stratford-upon-Avon.

The 10 day Essence of Britain and Ireland tour from CIE Tours features an exciting itinerary that mixes history, art and culture with the bustling cities of England and Ireland. Discover the essence of these two countries as you connect the bridges between them historically and meet the people that call England and Ireland home.


11 Daysfr. $3,199

  • Cardiff Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Stonehenge
  • York Minster
  • Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with highly skilled dogs to herd sheep and enjoy fresh baked scones with tea.
  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theater and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 3 to August 17 departures.
  • Handling of one piece of luggage per person is included in the cost of all coach tours. Size should not exceed 30 x 20 x 10 inches and weight should be under 50 lbs. Luggage is carried at owner's risk throughout the tour unless insured.
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • Full daily breakfasts (except Day 1)
  • 6 dinners including a welcome dinner in London, a Welsh Evening in Cardiff, and Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner with a lively show.
  • Marriott Kensington Hotel in London (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff (1 night)
  • Granville Hotel in Waterford (1 night)
  • North Star Hotel in Dublin (2 nights)
  • Jurys Inn Edinburgh in Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • York Marriott in York (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel in London (1 night)

LONDON TOUR & WELCOME DRINK

London, United Kingdom

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic drive around central London to see many famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before a free evening for independent dining.

Marriot Kensington Hotel

STONEHENGE & ROMAN BATHS

Stonehenge, United Kingdom

Head to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge.

Bath, United Kingdom

Continue to Bath to tour the Roman Baths, first built by the Romans 2,000 years ago.

Cardiff, United Kingdom

In Cardiff, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Radisson Blu Hotel

CARDIFF & FERRY TO WATERFORD

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Visit Cardiff Castle, first inhabited in Roman times and transformed into an elaborate Gothic-style residence in the 19th century. You will enjoy breakfast there.

Waterford/Ireland, Ireland

Journey through the gentle, green countryside to the west coast. At Pembroke Dock, embark on an afternoon ferry crossing to Rosslare and on to Waterford.

Breakfast, Dinner

Granville Hotel

SHEEP HERDING & DUBLIN’S MERRY PLOUGHBOY PUB

Waterford/Ireland, Ireland

Start the day with a walking tour of historic Waterford. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal.

Jerpoint Park, Ireland

At Jerpoint Park, enjoy a sheep herding demonstration and sample scones with tea. You’ll see the grave of St Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa Claus, whose remains were moved there in the 12th century.

Dublin, Ireland

Head to Dublin, dine at the lively Merry Ploughboy Pub and enjoy an entertaining show.

Breakfast, Dinner

North Star Hotel

GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM & DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING

Dublin, Ireland

Tour Dublin city to see elegant Georgian squares with brightly painted doorways and the General Post Office where the 1916 Rebellion started. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history.

The afternoon and evening are free to use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin's top attraction: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum or the General Post Office Museum, Dine on your own at one of Dublin’s many fine pubs and restaurants.

Breakfast

North Star Hotel

BELFAST SIGHTSEEING & SCOTLAND

Belfast, United Kingdom

Head to Belfast where you’ll enjoy a short panoramic tour. Take a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Travel through gentle pasturelands to the central belt of Scotland. Stop en route for dinner before reaching your hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place

EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Drive around central Edinburgh to see the main points of interest, including the 200-year-old “New Town” with elegant Georgian houses and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny.

The afternoon is free to explore and dine on your own. The August 2 - 16 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.

Breakfast

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh York Place

SCOTTISH BORDERS & YORK

Jedburgh, United Kingdom

Travel through the charming Borders region with many quaint towns, manor houses, and abbeys. Stop in Jedburgh to see the picturesque ruins of Jedburgh Abbey.

York, United Kingdom

Continue to York for a walking tour of streets are so narrow the medieval houses almost touch. Tour the stately Gothic York Minster, which dates back to the 13th century and is noted for its magnificent medieval stained-glass windows.

Breakfast, Dinner

York Marriott

SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE & LONDON

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

In Stratford-upon-Avon, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Walk through the furnished house where he was born. Walk around the town with its many charming black-and-white buildings.

London, United Kingdom

Drive through the picturesque Cotswolds to London for a free evening to explore and dine on your own.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel

INDEPENDENT LONDON SIGHTSEEING

London, United Kingdom

Enjoy a day of independent sightseeing in London by Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different routes to choose from including a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Visit either the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, or Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana.

Breakfast

Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel

TOUR ENDS IN LONDON

London, United Kingdom

Your program ends after breakfast.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price

Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 70 days or more prior to departure: Forfeiture of deposit
  • 69 - 46 days prior to departure: 25% per person
  • 45 - 8 days prior to departure: 35% per person
  • 7 - 1 days prior to departure: 50% per person
  • On day of departure: 100% per person
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A non-refundable land deposit of $250 per person is required for coach tours. Deposits are required within 5 days of making the reservation. Early booking discounts require higher deposits.
  • The final payment must be made by credit card no later than 80 days prior to departure date. If payment is not received as scheduled, the reservation will automatically cancel and deposit payment become forfeit.
  • Once confirmed any revision to land tours will incur a $50 handling fee per booking. If clients cancel from one tour and rebook on another tour or another date, a cancellation fee may apply. Revisions are not permitted within 14 days of departure or once documents have been issued.
  • Documents will be shipped by U.P.S. ground service approximately 21 days prior to departure provided full payment has been received. If documents are required earlier, sufficient notice id required to arrange for early delivery by regular service. Late bookings will incur an express service delivery charge.
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