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Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London, and later, maybe an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River?
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart London at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing. Drive to Oxford and enjoy a walking tour through the “City of Dreaming Spires” to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. At Stratford-upon-Avon, visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE and take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 199 km
A spectacular start to the day with a special, pre-public-opening guided tour of magnificent WARWICK CASTLE. Marvel at the opulent Great Hall and State Rooms, and visit the former private apartments. Later, in York, stand in awe in front of the great Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.
Today’s Distance: 145 mi / 233 km
See a section of Hadrian’s Wall, and take pictures of the abbey ruins in Jedburgh. Then, take a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, with its impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor. Spend the next two nights in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. For departure numbers August 4 through August 25, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Today’s Distance: 200 mi / 321 km
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening.
Drive over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing. Then, through Dundee and the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry to the CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, where you hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Overnight at Inverness, the Highland capital.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km
A day of glorious Highland scenery begins with a drive along the shores of Loch Ness, looking out for its mysterious monster. Then, at LF BEN NEVIS WHISKY DISTILLERY, discover the art of converting barley, water, and yeast into a heart-warming liquor. Along Loch Linnhe, over haunting Glen Coe, and across wild Rannoch Moor, you reach the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond for a LF CRUISE on the loch before heading south to Glasgow.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 279 km
On the way through the Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples. Pause in the beautiful Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in Liverpool, visit THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”
Today’s Distance: 238 mi / 383 km
Cross the border into North Wales and drive to lovely Betws-y-Coed and through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park. After a stop at tongue-twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, board your FERRY at Holyhead for the crossing to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter?
Today’s Distance: 131 mi / 210 km
An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the vibrant city. Maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.
Across the Curragh to see the magnificent thoroughbreds at the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare. On the way to Limerick, see the Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, and on arrival, an orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Tonight, you might like to join an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle.
Today’s Distance: 153 mi / 245 km
Take in the breathtaking view of the Clare coast from the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, then a drive across the limestone plateau of The Burren to the port city of Galway. Next, a special treat at RATHBAUN FARM: watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog. Then, enjoy LF TRADITIONAL TEA in the 150-year-old farmhouse.
Today’s Distance: 163 mi / 263 km
Via quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages and Killorglin on Dingle Bay, join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Later, you might like to take an optional jaunting-car ride through Killarney National Park, with glorious views of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi / 286 km
Morning visit to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, where you join a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL.
Today’s Distance: 158 mi / 254 km
By FERRY from Rosslare, cross St. George’s Channel to Pembroke and drive through South Wales. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight?
Today’s Distance: 145 mi / 234 km
First this morning, travel to the elegant Georgian city of Bath to see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. You will also have time to explore the town further on your own. The next two nights are spent in Exeter.
Today’s Distance: 191 mi / 308 km
Today’s excursion takes you to Cornwall, of Poldark fame, and to the pretty fishing village and former smugglers’ port of Looe. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers who boarded The Mayflower 400 years ago, with a LF CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. You will also have time at the historic Plymouth Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps before returning to Exeter. Then, head into wild and romantic Dartmoor for a tasty LF DINNER at a local pub.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 221 km
For the finale of your journey, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE and try to unravel its mystery. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Return to London around 4 pm. How about celebrating your vacation by taking in one of the London’s great West End shows?
Today’s Distance: 179 mi / 287 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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