Performance Tour of Ireland and England
- Duration:11 NIGHTS /12 DAYS
- Countries Visited:Ireland, UK
- Highlights:Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Waterford, Dublin, Wales and London
- Tour Inclusions:
- Airfare NYC/Shannon- London/NYC
- Accommodations in three star hotels
- Breakfast and dinner daily (B.D.)
- English speaking guide thought
- Deluxe private motorcoach
- Comprehensive sightseeing and admission as per itinerary
- Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
- Performance scheduled as per itinerary
- Select International travel bag and portfolio
DAY 1: Depart USA
You’ll leave on an overnight flight to Shannon Airport.
DAY 2: SHANNON – KENMARE
Welcome to Ireland. Arrive at Shannon Airport where you will be met by our professional tour guide meet your Tour Escort and coach.
Depart for Adare, said to be Ireland’s prettiest village. Free time for sightseeing.
Depart for county Kerry and make a stop in Killarney, a very popular town for tourists to visit. The Lakes of Killarney are contained within the Killarney National Park and can be visited on what is known as a tour by Jaunting Car. Continue on to Kenmare and check in to your hotel. This afternoon is at leisure for independent sightseeing and relaxing after your flight. Kenmare is famous for its lace-making and there are several places to see this traditional art. Overnight Kenmare. (D).
DAY 3: RING OF KERRY
This morning we depart for a tour of the Ring of Kerry – a ring road that boasts captivating mountain and coastal scenery dotted with slate-roofed fishing villages. You will pass through bleak bog lands, high mountainous terrain, quaint villages and even an Iron Age fort. In the afternoon return to Kenmare. Evening performance at St Mary’s Church in Killarney. Overnight Kenmare. (B.D.).
DAY 4: BLARNEY- WATERFORD
Today after a hearty Irish breakfast, we depart for Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone which visitors from all over the world flock to see and to kiss. Kissing the stone is a long-standing tradition, intended to confer a magical eloquence. It is set in the wall below the castle battlements – the visitor is grasped by the feet and suspended backwards under the parapet! We then visit the shops of Blarney Woollen Mills, where we can buy handmade sweaters and other Irish products. Time permitting; make a detour to the pretty town of Kinsale. The town nestles between the hills and the shoreline, a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water and little changed in many hundreds of years. The town has historical links to the French, Spanish, British and Americans. It is now a popular yachting centre and famous for its wonderful restaurants. Continue your journey to Waterford. Arrive at your hotel in Waterford and check in. Admire the wonderful views of the town from your vantage point. Waterford was founded by the Vikings in 853 and continued to expand through the growth of local industry. It has a rich history and some beautiful architecture. Although medieval in its layout most of its building are Georgian. Overnight in Waterford. (B.D.)
DAY 5: WATERFORD
This morning make a stop at the Crystal Factory for which Waterford is famous. The original glass factory was founded in 1783 and its traditions of glass-blowing are still used today. Afternoon at leisure in Waterford. Some may like to join a historical, yet entertaining, guided walking tour with Jack Borchell. His tours are highly recommended by all that have joined him and often finish at the local pub. Evening performance at Christ Church Cathedral in Waterford. Overnight in Waterford.. (B.D.)
DAY 6: KILKENNY – DUBLIN
Today depart for the capital city of Dublin.
En route make a stop at Kilkenny, known as Ireland’s loveliest inland city. Kilkenny is famous for its local black limestone, known as Kilkenny marble and is also home to Smethwick beer, brewed in Kilkenny since 1710. Also know for its local crafts you can visit the local Design Centre where you can see craftspeople in action. Visit Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore. This is one of Ireland’s most famous castles, dating from the 12th century and occupied until 1935. It was donated to the nation in 1967 by the descendents of the Butler family. Overnight in Dublin. (B.D.)
DAY 7: DUBLIN
Meet your local guide for a half-day sightseeing tour including all the major sights such as Trinity College and the Book of Kells, DublinCastle, St. Stephen’s Green, Christ Church Cathedral and the River Liffey. Lunchtime performance at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. Take the time this afternoon to wander around the centre where Georgian architecture dominates or visit the famous Guinness Factory. One of Dublin’s most popular tourist attractions is “The World of Guinness”, the largest brewery in the world. One can see all stages of brewing, a transport gallery showing how it was transported to various parts of the country and making of barrels.
Evening performance at a local church in Dublin, possibly a joint concert with their choir. Overnight in Dublin. (B.D.)
DAY 8: DUBLIN – WALES – LLANDUDNO
Meet your coach for your transfer to Dublin/Dun Laoghaire port. Ferry crossing from one of the above ports to Holyhead, Wales. Once on land, you will be met by your UK touring coach. Enjoy the beautiful sights for which Wales is famous as you drive from west to east – rolling hills and green valleys. Make a stop at Llandudno, a coastal town proud of its association with Lewis Carroll. Copper was also mined here. Llandudno became accessible to all as a seaside resort with the invention of the railway. Overnight in Beaufort Park, .Mold (B.D.)
DAY 9 NORTH WALES – CONWY
Depart today for a sightseeing tour of North Wales, the centre of Welsh language and culture. You will drive along the coast and on to the historic, medieval town of Conwy. Conwy is set apart from other medieval towns by its well-preserved town walls which form an almost unbroken shield around the old town. Visit Conwy Castle, one of the most impressive of the fortresses built by Edward I and a World Heritage listed site.
Free time for an independent lunch in Conwy before heading down through the Snowdonia National Park and stopping in Betws-y-Coed. This village has been a hill-walking centre since the 19th century. Waterloo Bridge is here, a bridge built by Thomas Telford to mark victory against Napoleon. Possible evening joint performance with Cor Ruthin in the town of Ruthin or with Mold Senior Choir in Mold. Overnight in Mold. (B.D.)
DAY 10: BATH – STONEHENGE- LONDON
This morning will be spent in one of Britain’s most beautiful cities, Bath. Bath owes its magnificent Georgian townscape to the bubbling hot springs of the Roman Baths. The Romans transformed Bath into England’s first spa resort and it regained fame in the 18th century, when many of the city’s finest Palladian buildings were designed, including Robert Adam’s Pulteney Bridge and the graceful sweep of the Royal Crescent. The city still retains its fashionable air with its smart shops and restaurants. Visit the preserved Baths and the Pump Room, once the social hub of the 18th-century spa. We stop at Stonehenge on the way to London to see the prehistoric rock formation. This afternoon continue your journey east to London. Overnight in London. (B.D.)
DAY 11 : LONDON
Today we have a full day city tour including Westminster Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, London Bridge, Downing Street, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace for changing of the Guards. At Westminster Abbey where English kings and queens have been crowned since 1066, we see the Royal Chapels, which hold the tombs of monarchs from past centuries including Henry VII, Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. We will also visit Poets’ Corner to see the memorials to famous literary figures. We then visit the Tower of London, where you explore William the Conqueror’s magnificent bastion, which displays almost a thousand years of English history and the Crown Jewels Exhibit. Tonight you have a concert in London. Overnight London. (B.D.)
DAY 12: RETURN TO U.S.A
After continental breakfast at hotel. Meet your transfer coach and depart for Heathrow airport for your return flight to the United States. (B)
WE RECOMMEND: an extended stay with an OPTIONAL DAY TRIP TO STRATFORD , OXFORD and WARWICK CASTLE
Our first stop is the ancient and historic Warwick Castle which we tour and visit the museum. Then we continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, home of the playwright William Shakespeare. We will visit the modern Shakespeare Center, built next door to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. We continue with a brief visit to Holy Trinity Church, the parish church where Shakespeare is buried, located in an attractive setting near the River Avon. Then we depart through the picturesque British country side to Oxford, England’s oldest University city dating from 1167 and also associated with many notable literary alumni including such diverse characters as Geoffrey Chaucer, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis and Evelyn Waugh. We will take a Walking Tour to view many of the colleges that make up Oxford, as well as the Sheldonian Theater and the Bodleian Library. We will also visit Christ ChurchCollege, Oxford’s biggest and grandest Renaissance College, which was founded in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey, and where Harry Potter was filmed. Overnight London. (B.D.)