May 11 – May 23, 2018
Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland
The British Isles 2018 tour is an opportunity to get a glimpse at the highlights of four great countries.
Beginning in Scotland’s vibrant city of Glasgow, the itinerary travels through the south of Scotland with visits to Palladian Dumfries House, the land art of the Crawick Multiverse, the ruins of Sweetheart Abbey, of Caerlaverock Castle and the nature reserve which it borders, and the Annandale Distillery.
Continuing on to the north of England to the 12th-century Carlisle Cathedral and the Birdoswald Roman Fort–the best preserved of the 16 forts built to guard Hadrian’s Wall. In the Lake District enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, and a visit to Beatrix Potter’s first farm at Hill Top where some of her original art can be seen in the 17th-century house.
The journey to North Wales includes a stop in the Roman city of Chester. In Wales spend three nights at the Italianate village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd, where lovely villas dot the hillside above the private peninsula on the south shores of Snowdonia.
The mighty castles of North Wales, part of the “Iron Ring of Castles,” were built by Edward I in the late 12th Century during his invasion of Wales. Caernarfon, Harlech, and Conwy Castles dominate the skyline for miles. Walk the longest pier in Wales at Llandudno and soak up the Victorian spirit as did author Lewis G Carroll. Pose with larger-than-life wooden sculptures of his Alice in Wonderland characters.
Snowdonia National Park on the west coast is 823 square miles of diverse landscapes with glacial landforms and mountains, including the highest mountain in England and Wales, and a wealth of remote picturesque villages.
Ferry across to Ireland for three nights in the capital city of Dublin. Enjoy a full day of independent exploration and sites such as Trinity College and the Book of Kells, the Guinness Storehouse, and the National Museum of Ireland.
Take the short journey from Dublin to Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 5,400-year-old passage tomb, with private entry into the site. Climb the Hill of Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, where 142 Irish kings were crowned.
Tour the melancholy museum Titanic Belfast and the nine interactive galleries. Constructed on the site of the shipyard where Titanic was built, the museum tells the story of the ill-fated ship with a tragic end on her maiden voyage in 1912.
See the Glens of Antrim, 80 miles of rugged cliffs broken by nine deep green glens. Spend a night in the beautifully located and famously haunted Ballygally Castle on the Causeway Coastal Route overlooking the majestic sea.
Finish with the return journey across the sea to Scotland, ending in the capital city of Edinburgh.
Tour begins in Glasgow and ends in Edinburgh. It is suggested that you arrive one day early (May 10) to avoid flight delays and cancellations.
|Pre-tour||Glasgow, Scotland – City Center||Carlton George Hotel|
|May 11 & 12||Dumfries, Scotland||Cairndale Hotel and Spa|
|May 13 & 14||Lake District National Park, England||Cragwood Country House Hotel|
|May 15, 16, 17||Gwynedd, North Wales||Portmeirion Village|
|May 18, 19, 20||Dublin, Ireland||Brooks Hotel|
|May 21||Ballygally, Northern Ireland||Ballygally Castle|
|May 22 and post-tour||Edinburgh, Scotland – City Center||The Knight Residence|
- Private transfer from Glasgow Airport to city center
- En suite accommodations in 4-star properties
- Full breakfast daily (Continental breakfast in Edinburgh)
- Six 3-course dinners
- Deluxe motor coach transportation
- Professional Blue Badge Guide
- Ferry transportation: North Wales to Dublin; Belfast to Scotland
- Entry fees, Lake District Cruise on Lake Windermere, private tours, entertainment
- $5,395 per person, double occupancy, (two guests sharing one room). Single supplement is $1,050. Single travelers have the option of sharing a room with other singles (if available) to offset this supplement, but this is solely at the discretion of the travelers and not the responsibility of Celtic Journeys.
- Reservations require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, and checks payable to Celtic Journeys are accepted forms of payment. Balance is due 60 days prior to departure, at which time penalties apply. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
- Airfare is not included; Celtic Journeys can make your arrangements for you with no booking fees. Tour begins in Glasgow and ends in Edinburgh; additional hotel nights at the beginning and end of the tour are available at reduced rates; booking service is complimentary.
- To book, or for additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org , or call (703) 941-6455. Tour is limited to 16 guests. Tours are never cancelled except in the event of a natural disaster, airline strike, or travel warning of imminent danger.
Cancellation insurance is available to protect against cancellation penalties:
- 60 days or more prior to tour date full refund less deposit
- 59-30 days prior to tour date 50% refund less deposit
- 29-15 days prior to tour date 25% refund less deposit
- Cancellations of 14 days or less, no refund