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Highlights of Britain & Ireland
+ Scotland and Wales

August 5 - 20, 2024 

16 Exciting Days!

Tour Includes:

  • Fully escorted by Brian Judd Tours from Salt Lake City
  • Local British Isles Tour guide
  • Superior/First class hotels
  • Edinburgh Military Tatoo * With early sign up!
  • Edinburgh & Warwick Castles!
  • England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • 22 meals, including full breakfast each day
  • Baggage Handling throughout
  • Exclusive inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including all admission charges
  • Experienced Tour Guides who take very good care of you!
  • An exciting tour and a great time, guaranteed!

*Pay by check Tour Price

* EARLY BOOKING BONUSES * 
* Save $400.00 per person with Early Booking!
* Edinburgh Castle Military Tattoo included!
* Edinburgh and Warwick Castles included!

* $4865.00 per person, double occupancy + air
if booked by November 30th!

Single occupancy room $6760.00 (limited)

*Note:  Airfare is not included in the price.
However, we expect the round-trip airfare from Salt Lake to be approx. $1695.00


* Price reflects a pay by check/cash discount.  Credit cards + 3.85%


Your itinerary

 

Day 1 The fun begins today as we board our overnight flight from Salt Lake to London. (airfare not included in tour price) Get ready for a fabulous British Isles vacation!  (Meal in Flight)

 Day 2  England. London, Oxford, Warwickshire.  
Upon arival in London, board our deluxe motorcoach for our included transfer to the  hotel. On the way to our hotel in Warwickshire, make a stop in Oxford where Henry II established the first university of Britain in 1167.  Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel.  [D]

Day 3  England. Stow-on-the-Wold, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Warwichshire. 
Views of the unspoiled countryside known as the Cotswolds clearly confirm you have arrived in England.  Gentle hillsides, peaceful meadows, and charming villages with old stone buildings characterize this region. The first destination today is Stow-on-the-Wold, offering antique shops and an opportunity to take a photo with your hands in the village’s authentic stocks.  Then it’s on to Stratford-Upon-Avon, where half-timbered houses with thatched roofs create a truly English setting.  The introductory tour includes a picture stop in front of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and entrance to the birthplace of William Shakeapeare. This afternoon an included visit to Warwick Castle, showcasing 1,000 years of history. Return to our Warwickshire hotel for an included dinner.   [B,D]

Day 4  England. York, Darlington. 
Drive north via the Nottingham area.  Around lunch time, arrive in the historic city of York and spend the afternoon exploring the sights that interest you. “The Shambles” is one of the most picturesque streets in Britain with unique shops, cafés  and restaurants. York also boasts the most complete example of medieval city walls still standing in England today. Walk along these historic walls for exceptional views. Be sure to look inside York Minster Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in England.  In the late afternoon, travel through North Yorkshire to Darlington for hotel check-in and dinner.   [B,D]

Day 5  England. Hadrian’s Wall & Scotland. Jedburgh-Edinburgh. 
A morning drive takes you to Hadrian’s Wall, a fascinating Roman monument nearly 2,000 years old. Stop at Chester’s Roman Fort to study a section of the 70-plus mile structure at a closer range. Shortly after crossing the border into Scotland, reach Jedburgh where you will be treated to an English Tea with cakes and finger sandwiches. Following tea, use your free time in Jedburgh to tour the Mary Queen of Scots House, see Jedburgh Abbey or do some shopping at the Woollen Mill. A late afternoon arrival at your Edinburgh hotel provides time to freshen up and relax. Dinner is independent, or join the optional Scottish Dinner Show excursion.  [B]

Day 6  Scotland. Edinburgh.  Start the day with a guided tour of Edinburgh.  Afterward, a good place to spend your free time is along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old  Town. As you walk past the classic old houses, you may wish to visit one of the unique attractions such as the Palace of Holyroodhouse or Gladstone’s Land (the oldest standing house in Edinburgh). Enjoy an included visit to Edinburgh Castle and later this evening, the spectacular MILITARY TATOO show! [B]

Day 7  Scotland. Gretna Green & England. Liverpool.
The morning stop will be at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop in the border town of Gretna Green, which became well known for “run-away weddings” officiated by the blacksmith. Starting in 1754, English couples would cross the border to be married under the liberal terms of the Scottish laws. Continuing south from Gretna Green, travel back into England and on to Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles. A 4:00 p.m. arrival at your Liverpool hotel provides time to explore and shop. Your tour manager will offer an optional Magical Mystery Tour excursion highlighting landmarks made famous by the Beatles. Dinner is independent tonight so that you may choose to dine at the hotel or at one of the pubs, restaurants or live music venues along Mathew Street. Here you will find the replicated Cavern Club, where the Beatles regularly played during their early years.   [B]

Day 8  Wales. Snowdonia, Caernarfon, Ferry from Holyhead & Ireland. Dublin.
This day is devoted to the sweeping landscape of Northern Wales. After a morning stop in Betws-y-Coed, continue through the thick pine forest into Snowdonia National Park, a mountainous region with rough but beautiful terrain. At Caernarfon, admire one of the castles built by King Edward I. A quick independent lunch will allow time to climb the castle's tower (approx £11.00 admission). After the motor coach crosses the Menai Bridge onto the Isle of Anglesey, pause to take a picture of the town with the longest name, which we abbreviate here as Llanfair P.G. For your independent dinner, you have the choice of dining while you ferry from Wales to the Republic of Ireland or at a pub upon arrival in Dublin.    [B]

Day 9  Ireland. Dublin.  The capital city of the Republic of Ireland offers much to keep you busy and entertained. A local guide joins you this morning to provide insight into the city’s history and to point out the popular landmarks including Dublin Castle, Trinity College and Guinness Brewery. Entrance into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in included. Following the city tour, the afternoon is free. A popular attraction is the Book of Kells at the Trinity College Library (approx €16.00 admission), an ornately decorated and meticulously scribed edition of the Gospels from 800 A.D. Tonight's dinner is independent, or join the Irish Dinner Show excursion.     [B]

Day 10  Ireland. Dublin, Kildare, Irish Countryside, County Kerry.  
The area west of Dublin has become known as the center of the Irish horse breeding and training industry. After touring the Kildare National Stud Farm, visit the Japanese Gardens of Tully House. As you countine toward western Ireland, relax and enjoy the scenes of meadows, glens and crystal-clear rivers. One of the friendly country villages along the way will provide a pleasant spot for an independent lunch. Bakeries offer tea, sandwiches, and family-owned pubs will serve up hearty Irish dishes.  Then it’s on to your County Kerry hotel, hosting dinner tonight and a two-night stay.   [B,D]     

Day 11  Ireland. Ring of Kerry, Killarney, County Kerry. 
Travel to the "The Ring of Kerry," for a day of spectacular coastal landscapes. The day will include several photo stops as well as lunch at one of the seaside villages. At one of the farms en route from the coast to Killarney, observe a sheep herding demonstration. Killarney offers everything from excellent restaurants to local pubs for your independent dinner. After dinner, return to our hotel.  [B,L]

Day 12  Ireland. Blarney Castle, Waterford. 
The morning visit to Blarney Castle is a tour highlight. Capture enchanting photos and impressive views as you walk the grounds and study this 18-feet-thick, 17th-century fortification. Learn of the magical tales associated with the castle, the most famous involving the Blarney Stone. Enjoy an independent lunch at one of the charming eateries in the village of Blarney. An early afternoon arrival in Waterford allows for time to explore the town on foot or participate in the Waterford Crystal Experience excursion. Dinner is included at the hotel.  [B,D] 

Day 13  Ireland. Waterford, Ferry from Rosslare & Wales. Pembroke, Cardiff. 
An early morning departure is necessary to reach the ferry in Rosslare for your crossing from Ireland to Wales. Your independent lunch will be on board.  Leaving the ferry, view the varied scenery along the coastal road between Pembrokeshire National Park and the Wye Valley. By mid-afternoon, arrive in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Take a stroll through the 56-acre Bute Park, relax over afternoon tea at a café, or participate in the optional Cardiff Castle excursion. Continue to our hotel for check-in and dinner. [B,D]                                                                  

Day 14  England. Bath, Stonehenge, London. 
Crossing the mouth of the River Severn, return to England for a tour of Bath, the elegant spa town where the Romans harnessed the natural hot springs 2,000 years ago. An included visit to the Roman Baths Museum reveals the advanced engineering developed by the Romans. Then, it is on to mysterious Stonehenge. Dating back to about 1500 B.C., one can only speculate how the stones reached the site and how they were moved into place - some weighing 45 tons! Upon arrival in London, check in and enjoy a relaxing "Farewell Dinner" at the hotel. Tomorrow, the entire day will be devoted to sightseeing in the British capital.   [B,D]

Day 15  England. London.  
Today begins with a guided bus tour of London’s famous landmarks such as the Royal Parks, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. Following the city tour, you will have a few  hours to pursue your personal interests. If you have a specific destination in mind, the Tube system (Underground) is easy, fast and economical. Your tour manager will also provide suggestions for some of the most popular attractions. Spend lunch time amid the bustling shops and street performers of Covent Garden. Or, study works of art by da Vinci, van Gogh, Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Picasso at The National Gallery. Located nearby, the London Eye Ferris wheel provides unique views of the city. In the evening, London offers numerous options for dining and entertainment. Or, join your tour manager for a London Dinner & Theatre excursion.  [B]

Day 16  London-U.S.A.  We say ‘farewell’ to England and fly home today.  [B]     

*Final Payment is May 5th  *Trip Cancellation Insurance Available

B = Breakfast, D = Dinner

About this Tour

16 Exciting Days! "A Wonderful Way To See The "HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN & IRELAND + Scotland and Wales!" at the nicest time of year to go! See all Four countries in one trip! England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales!

SIGHTSEEING EVERY DAY

LONDON: Oxford, Warwickshire, Welcome dinner.
WARWICKSHIRE: Visit Warwick Castle showcasing 1000 years of history

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace.
YORK: Walking tour.
NORTHUMBERLAND: See the 2,000 year old Roman monument Hadrian’s Wall, stopping at Chester’s Roman Fort.
JEDBURGH Enjoy English Tea with cakes.
EDINBURGH: Guided sightseeing, see the world famous Edinburgh Castle & Military Tattoo show!
GRETNA GREEN: Visit the Old Blacksmith Shop which became well known for “run-away weddings” officiated by the blacksmith.
LIVERPOOL: Birthplace of the Beatles.
SNOWDONIA: Drive through the mountainous region with its rough yet beautiful terrain.
CAERNARFON: Admire one of the castles built by King Edward I.
ISLE OF ANGLESEY: Take photographs of the town with the longest name.
FERRY FROM WALES TO IRELAND
DUBLIN: Orientation drive, entrance to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

KILDARE: Tour the National Stud Farm and visit the Japanese Gardens of Tully House.
RING OF KERRY: Spectacular coastal landscapes.
COUNTY KERRY: Visit Blarney Castle.|
FERRY FROM IRELAND TO WALES
BATH: Visit the Roman relics

STONEHENGE: Visit the prehistoric monument
LONDON: Guided bus tour to see all the famous landmarks, Royal Parks, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square – Farewell Dinner.

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SPECIAL FEATURES

Blarney Castle, Stonehenge, Roman Baths, Shakespeare’s Birthplace at Stratford-Upon-Avon, Hadrian’s Wall, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Kildare National Stud Farm, Top London sights, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Edinburgh Castle, Warwick Castle Plus the world famous Military Tattoo!

 SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS

Ring of Kerry, Cotswolds, The Shambles, Scottish Border, Northern Wales, Snowdonia National Park, Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire National Park, Wye Valley and more!

  ALL THIS IS INCLUDED

Fully Escorted by a local UK Tour Director Superior Tourist/ First Class Hotels throughout Deluxe airconditioned motorcoach. 14 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L), 1 English Tea with cakes and finger sandwiches, 7 dinners (D).

Tickets to Edinburgh Castle & Military Tattoo Performace early sign up bonus!  Plus: Entrance tickets to Warwick Castle!