You’ve seen photos of London’s Big Ben—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve heard about Dublin’s friendly culture—now’s your time to experience it. You’ve read William Shakespeare’s plays—now’s your time to visit his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. You’ve heard of the ill-fated Titanic—now’s your time to travel to Belfast and learn about how it was built. You’ve seen photos of Stonehenge—now’s your chance to stand in front of it. You’ve seen photos of Edinburgh Castle—now’s your chance to see it. All of this—and much more—are included on this Ireland, Scotland and England tour. Your tour starts in Limerick, Ireland and ends in London, England. In between, you’ll see breathtaking landscapes, visit historical sights, see the famous landmarks, and learn about the cultures and histories of these countries. You’ll overnight in Limerick, Killarney, Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, York, Bath, and London.
Throughout this tour, you’ll witness spectacular scenery, including the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, with breathtaking views of these rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean, and the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive through rugged and magnificent landscapes. In Northern Ireland you’ll see Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site formed millions of years ago. Words cannot capture the magnificence of all of these natural beauties; you must witness them in person!
Lark Tours has also arranged special experiences for you. You’ll visit 13th-century Castle Combe, known as the “prettiest village in England,” where you’ll enjoy dinner at a village pub. You’ll also visit a local, 150-year-old farmhouse in Ireland, where you’ll learn about sheep-farming practices and enjoy a traditional tea. From the scenic countryside in Ireland to the bustling city of London, this Ireland, Scotland, and England tour offers it all!
From the Shannon to the Thames
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Day 1 Arrive in Shannon, Ireland–Limerick
Céad míle fáilte! A hundred-thousand welcomes! After checking into your hotel, free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel’s leisure amenities or explore the city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Day 2 Limerick. Cliffs of Moher & Galway Excursion
Your vacation starts in earnest with a drive to the breathtaking CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, to savor the magnificent panorama of the Clare coast. Then, visit Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. And finally, 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 a [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] TRADITIONAL TEA in the 150-year old farmhouse. A suggestion for a unique night out: an optional medieval banquet at Knappogue Castle.
Day 3 Limerick–Adare–Ring of Kerry–Killarney
A day full of splendid scenery. Head south and stop at quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages. At Killorglin, join the famous RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Overnight is in the popular resort of Killarney.Breakfast
Day 4 Killarney–Blarney–Dublin
On the way to Dublin, stop in Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone, and at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached in the 5th century. Later, why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter?
Day 5 Dublin
The morning’s orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.
Day 6 Dublin–Lisburn, Northern Ireland–Giant’s Causeway–Belfast
Cross the Boyne River and stop in Lisburn on your way to the awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, and the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Then, enjoy a scenic coastal drive via Garron Point to Belfast, where you spend the night.
Day 7 Belfast–Edinburgh, Scotland
First thing this morning, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXHIBITION and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Next, board your FERRY and cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland’s southwest coast, and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. Tonight, enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Day 8 Edinburgh
Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departures August 3, August 10 and August 17, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.
Day 9 Edinburgh–Alnwick, England–York
This morning at ALNWICK CASTLE the choice is yours: visit the CASTLE itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, or explore ALNWICK GARDEN, where the fountains and waterfalls are a breathtaking feature. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.Breakfast
Day 10 York–Stratford–Upon–Avon–Bath
Head for Stratford-upon-Avon to take your photographs of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, then visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE and take some time to wander around the historic market town. In the afternoon, drive to elegant Georgian Bath and in the evening, join an excursion to the picturesque, 13th-century village of Castle Combe followed by [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] DINNER at a village pub.Breakfast
Day 11 Bath–Stonehenge–London
There is time this morning to explore the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS and walk where Romans walked 2,000 years ago. Then, try to figure out the intriguing riddle of STONEHENGE, the most famous monument of prehistoric Europe. In London, your final destination, why not take in a Shownight Theater Evening?
Day 12 London
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, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, an optional dinner, followed by a relaxed nighttime cruise on the Thames River, viewing some of the capital’s most beautiful illuminated sights, would be an incredible finale to your vacation.
Day 13 London
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.Breakfast