From the charm of the Emerald Isle to the history of Jolly Old London, there is much to discover on this locally-hosted tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
About the Tour
Three fantastic cities, ten days: Take on the sights and attractions of Dublin, Belfast and London on this locally hosted tour. You begin in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, where you will have a mixture of free time to explore and guided touring through famed attractions. Grab a Guinness in a local pub in your leisure time before you are transferred to Belfast in the north. Here, you have the opportunity to gaining a deeper understanding of this city with a Hop-on/Hop-off tour and you enjoy a look at the Titanic exhibition, which details the tragic history of the ship. The journey continues across the Irish Sea to London - a place where famed sites, such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, meet fantastic culture for an unforgettable experience. You will have three days and nights to explore this grand city before the tour comes to a close. With the help of a Local Host in each city and a great mixture of structured touring and independent time, your experiences on this European tour will be retold for years to come!
- Travel by train (first class) Dublin to Belfast
- 9 nights' hotel accommodations
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Guided sightseeing in Dublin and London
- Hop-On/Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour in Belfast
- Services of a Local Host in each city
- Intra-tour rail station & airport transfers
Day 1 - Dublin, IrelandCéad míle fáilte-a hundred-thousand welcomes! Your Local Host will help you maximize your time in the “Fair City.”
Day 2 - Dublin sightseeingMorning guided sightseeing takes you past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, along elegant Georgian squares, and statue-lined O’Connell Street. Look out for the effigy of Oscar Wilde, reclining on a huge granite stone and seemingly without a care in the world; or Molly Malone, commemorating the young woman featured in the local ballad Cockles and Mussels. Finally, visit the Old Library at Trinity College, and see the famous 1,200-year-old Book of Kells. It is testimony to Dublin’s literary tradition, dating back over a thousand years when monks would transcribe the Bible into beautiful manuscripts.
Note: Dublin sightseeing might take place on Day 1.
Day 3 - Dublin at leisureDiscover all that Dublin has to offer on your own or try some of the suggestions from your Local Host, such as the Chester Beatty Library, housed in the 18th-century Clock Tower building. This award-winning museum contains the personal collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, a wealthy American miner who bequeathed it to the Irish public.
Day 4 - To Belfast, Northern IrelandJourney to Belfast by train (first class).
Day 5 - Belfast sightseeingEnjoy your Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour, which will take you past all the city’s attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, the murals on Falls Road and Shankill Road, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Also included is a ticket to the fascinating Titanic Experience, where you learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912.
Note: The Hop-on Hop-off ticket in Belfast is valid for 48 hours and can be activated on the day of arrival.
Day 6 - Belfast at leisureA day at leisure in Belfast and your Local Host will help you plan it. For example, you could visit the Belfast Botanical Gardens with its Palm House made of curved iron and glass.
Day 7 - To London, EnglandTravel to London by air on selected flights.*
Day 8 - London sightseeingMorning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horse guards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Piccadilly Circus; and Buckingham Palace. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the riverbank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Visit St. Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history.
Day 9 - London at leisureYour Local Host will have suggestions for your day at leisure. Maybe you would like to sample the ultimate in British food and drink-fish & chips with a pint of bitter in a local pub.
Day 10 - LondonYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
The Gibson, Dublin
The Gibson does sleeping, meeting, dining, imbibing, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. They mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off-center approach and know it works. Hoover exhibitions, supporting local artists, prohibition events, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes them different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find the staff friendly, responsive and happy.
The world-famous Europa hotel Belfast is home to some pretty important people when they visit Belfast. It's no surprise, really, the elegant décor, contemporary bistro, bustling bar and relaxing piano bar lounge make for a one-of-a-kind hotel located next door to the superb city center with shops, restaurants, theaters and more!
Millennium Gloucester, London
This modern and luxurious hotel is located in fashionable South Kensington, a relaxed environment in the heart of London. Situated next to Gloucester Road underground station, it is perfectly placed for visiting London’s greatest attractions including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The hotel offers a variety of dining options such as Bombay Brasserie and Bugis Street Brasserie for Indian and Oriental cuisine, South West 7 for breakfast and Humphrey’s Bar for light meals and drinks. 24-hour room service, concierge service, and a fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and weights is also available.
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