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Castles and Kingdoms

 
 

Summary:

Head to the Islands of Britain and Ireland for a stately journey across rugged, fairy-tale lands. A storyteller’s paradise, you’ll uncover the essence of Britain and the natural elements of Ireland, meeting some colourful characters along the way. From es...

Duration
21 Days
Countries
2
Next Departure
03-Jun-2021
Starting at
USD 11,255.00
USD 10,300.00
Price per day
USD 490.00

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Insight Vacations Luxury Gold
Tour
Castles and Kingdoms
Travel Quality
Luxury Tour

Summary

Head to the Islands of Britain and Ireland for a stately journey across rugged, fairy-tale lands. A storyteller’s paradise, you’ll uncover the essence of Britain and the natural elements of Ireland, meeting some colourful characters along the way. From esteemed author and Dubliner Trevor White, to Killarney locals and a Royal House Guard in London, you’re in for a trip rich in history, with fascinating local insights and lots of laughter! Travel in elegant style, stay at the most sought-after addresses, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants and savour local specialities. And of course, no trip to this part of the world would be complete without trying esteemed local delicacies, including Guinness in Ireland and a delicious English scone.

Short Itinerary

Day 1.
Welcome To London.
Day 2.
Traditions And Treasures Of London.
Day 3.
Stonehenge And Georgian Bath.
Day 4.
Explore Bath.
Day 5.
Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon And York.
Day 6.
Medieval Wonders Of York.
Day 7.
The Wild And Poetic Lake District.
Day 8.
Alnwick Castle.
Day 9.
Highlights Of Beautiful Edinburgh.
Day 10.
Edinburgh To Belfast.
Day 11.
Highlights Of Belfast.
Day 12.
Giant's Causeway And Londonderry.
Day 13.
Vibrant Dublin.
Day 14.
A Truly Irish Experience.
Day 15.
Glendalough To Kilkenny.
Day 16.
Banter In Blarney.
Day 17.
Sweet Ring Of Kerry.
Day 18.
Exploring Limerick.
Day 19.
Regal County Mayo.
Day 20.
Majestic Ashford Castle.
Day 21.
Depart Shannon.

Visited Countries (2): England, Ireland

Visited cities (10): Ashford, Bath, Dublin, Galway, Killarney, London, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, York

 

Remarks

Highlights

Exceptional Dining

  • London: Enjoy a grand Welcome Dinner at the luxurious Rubens at the Palace, an exquisite five-star hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace, hosted in the English Grill restaurant.
  • Bath: Experience an exquisite Michelin-starred dinner at Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park. Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients ensure the fullest flavours in a special tasting menu.
  • York: Enjoy a traditional English cream tea in the Grecian Hall of Castle Howard.
  • English Lake District: Enter the dramatic ruins of Lowther Castle and take time to explore through the ancient grounds. Enjoy a private dinner in the sculpture gallery which overlooks the castle gardens.
  • Edinburgh: Be regaled by your own Scottish piper, tea and scones in one of Edinburgh's traditional Scottish bar and restaurants.
  • Edinburgh: Be treated to a delightful meal, accompanied with drinks, as you toast to fond memories and new friends during your finale dinner.
  • Belfast: Enjoy an à la carte Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant where you'll meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers.
  • Dublin: Enjoy Dublin like a local at a Gastropub in the centre of the city and watch it come to life.
  • Kilkenny: Gourmet dining and opulent ambience, the Michelin-starred restaurant Lady Helen will capture your senses with its ambitious and visually impressive dishes using locally-sourced ingredients from the estate, the country and the coast.
  • Killarney: Indulge in a two-course dinner at the family-run, Treyvaud's restaurant, which specialises in international food.
  • Ashford Castle: Dine at Cullen's at the Cottage, this traditional thatched cottage used to be Cong Cinema.
  • Ashford Castle: Toast to your time in Ireland during a Celebration Dinner fit for royalty at the esteemed George V dining room.
  • Dining Summary: Dining Summary: 20 Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 10 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Chairman's Collection Departures: 20 Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW) and 10 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Journey Highlights

  • London: Visit the Horse Guards Parade and learn about the importance of a cavalryman's uniform as you wander through the Household Cavalry Museum. Try on the traditional uniform of the Royal Horse Guard.
  • London: Meet a passionate resident, your Local Expert, who will share the city’s fascinating history, as you see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
  • London: Experience the Tower of London with a private tour led by a serving Yeoman Warder. See the quarters, chapel, place of beheading and prison towers where the Yeoman Warder explains the history and importance of each place.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stand as strong today as they did 3,500 years ago.
  • Bath: The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built atop one of Britain's natural mineral springs. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, built by the Romans over 2,000-years-ago as a place to wash and socialise.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Cotswolds: Journey through the Cotswolds which is among the most quintessential and unspoiled regions of England, famous for gentle, rolling hillsides known as ‘wolds’, green river valleys and historic market towns, where time has stood still for over 300 years.
  • Windermere: Enjoy a nostalgic ride on a historic steam train through the Leven Valley to the Southern tip of Windermere.
  • Bowness-on-Windermere: Led by your Travelling Concierge, enjoy the chance to explore this lakeside town.
  • Alnwick: Explore majestic Alnwick Castle, steeped in history.
  • Edinburgh: Visit magnificent Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most-visited tourist attraction. Join a Local Expert, who will share tales about the castle’s tumultuous past with panaromic views of this medieval city.
  • Edinburgh: In true Gaelic style, meet a fabulously entertaining bagpiper and be enchanted as you listen to iconic music and fascinating tales about Scottish culture.
  • Edinburgh: With a Local Expert, journey along Princes Street, past the Gothic Sir Walter Scott Monument, and continue down the Royal Mile to the gates of Holyrood Palace, the principal residence of Scottish royalty since the 16th century.
  • Edinburgh: Board a short flight and travel from Edinburgh to Belfast.
  • Belfast: Visit the Titanic Belfast with a Local Expert and hear about the ship's poignant history.
  • Belfast: With your Local Expert enjoy a panoramic tour of Belfast, hear the history of the city and learn of the city's progress and current prosperity. You'll also see the City Hall, Queen's University, Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.
  • Giant's Causeway: Visit this iconic site on a private tour with a wildlife ranger and learn more about this majestic phenomenon.
  • Londonderry: Head to this pretty city with a Local Expert and arguably one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers.
  • Dublin: Head on a city tour of Dublin with your Travelling Concierge, who will be able to share with you their expertise on the local area. You'll head to O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle.
  • Dublin: No trip to Ireland would be complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse. With Luxury Gold you’ll get the chance to explore the venue before it opens to public, along with getting a lesson on how to pull the perfect pint.
  • Dublin: Visit the iconic 9th century Book of Kells and Trinity College with one of its own students.
  • Glendalough: Enjoy visiting Glendalough (the valley of two lakes) where a Local Expert will guide you through this Monastic site so rich in history and intrigue.
  • Cashel: Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. See the spectacular Rock of Cashel, the traditional seat of the High Kings of Munster.
  • Blarney: Take the opportunity to explore the grounds of this famous castle and it's gardens built nearly six hundred years ago with the woodwind walks, poison garden and see where so many have kissed the famous stone.
  • Killarney: Take a scenic jaunting carriage ride through Killarney National Park. From its sweeping mountains to lush lake lands, you'll take in the breathtaking beauty of the Irish countryside in all its glory.
  • Killarney: Visit J M Reidy's bar and enjoy a drink as you watch watch traditional live music.
  • Ring of Kerry: Take in the beauty around you as you explore The Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula - this scenic drive is one of the most famous in Ireland.
  • Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy a scenic drive as you admire the area's craggy clifftops and rolling hills that have inspired films such as Ryan's Daughter.
  • Adare: Admire its beauty during a village walk. Famous for thatched-roof cottages and pretty streets, this quaint haven offers idyllic photo opportunities.
  • Limerick: Delve into the history of the city during an orientation with your Travelling Concierge. You'll get to see St Johns Castle, St Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre that overlooks the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Galway: Take in the beautiful surroundings on a guided city tour with your Travelling Concierge. You'll find bustling streets, fun boutiques and quirky art galleries in this vibrant harbour city.
  • Ashford Castle: On arrival to Ashford Castle, you are escorted over the drawbridge by a lone piper for a majestic entrance fit for royalty.
  • Ashford Castle: Live and dine like a royal at our stately abode and explore Ashford Castle Your Way. Once here you'll choose between a guided historical tour of the castle or a unique falconry experience.

VIP Experiences

  • London: You’re invited to the Tower of London to experience the exclusive Ceremony of the Keys. This ancient gate-closing ritual has been carried out every night by the Beefeaters, for the past 700 years.
  • London: Visit the Horse Guards Parade and learn about the importance of a cavalryman's uniform as you wander through the Household Cavalry Museum.
  • Dublin: Meet esteemed author Trevor White on a rare, personal after hours tour of The Little Museum of Dublin, which he founded. You'll learn about his work, his life as a Dublin local and what it means to be a Dubliner. You'll also receive a signed copy of his latest book 'Alfie.'
  • York: Visit one of Britain's finest historic houses, Castle Howard. Enjoy a traditional English Afternoon tea in the Grecian Hall and then a private after-hours visit with a guide to share the intricate architecture and history of the house.
  • Killarney: Learn how to Irish dance from the best of the best. The performers of Gaelic Roots will give you a simple dance class before you watch them take to the stage from your VIP seats.

Your Way

  • York: Appreciate the beauty of York Your Way, as you either join a Local Expert for an exploration of the city walls, or embark on a leisurely guided tour of York Minster.

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