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Discovering Legendary Uk & Ireland
Personally escorted by Jacquey Turner
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Jacquey Turner has more than 30 years’ experience as a highly successful travel agent and tour guide.
Roy will be our tour guide throughout the tour and has been a tour guide for over 20 years. Having studied history he has now completed a Master's degree in Archaeology and Heritage. Apart from his interest in buildings and architecture, Roy particularly enjoys Prehistoric and Roman archaeology. He also enjoys gardening, cycling and walking, loves Australia and has a fabulous sense of humour.
$17,899 per person twin share
**Business class upgrades are available on application.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
Flight schedules are subject to change.
ALL COSTS are based on the exchange rate prevailing as at 1 September 2016
For cancellations received more than 90 days prior to tour departure, a cancellation fee of $1000 will be charged, which cannot be credited to another booking. Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Gippsland Travel Centre. If notice of cancellation is received 90 days or less, prior to departure, the following fees apply:
An evening transfer from Gippsland to Melbourne Airport to depart on an overnight flight to London. Departures will also be available from other Australian cities.
We arrive in London and transfer to the LONDON BEACH COUNTRY HOTEL & SPA, or similar, for a three night stay. The historic market town of Tenterden is in the County of Kent. It stands on the edge of the Weald, overlooking the valley of the River Rother. There will be time to wander around this beautiful village before we get together for dinner and meet our tour guide.
Our sightseeing in these beautiful areas will include Batemans, a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex. British author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman's from 1902 till his death in 1936. We will see the magnificent Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. Designed as a series of "rooms", each has a different character of colour and/or theme, divided by high clipped hedges and pink brick walls. We shall visit Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest Christian churches in England founded in 602AD.
Heading to Salisbury we will drive to Brighton, situated along England's south coast. Once a tiny fishing village, Brighton has earned a reputation as a hip, somewhat bohemian resort town. We shall spend some time at the Brighton Pavilion and then continue to the world famous Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where we shall explore the HMS Victory, Mary Rose Museum and HMS Warrior. On arrival in Salisbury we check into the LEGACY ROSE AND CROWN HOTEL, or similar, for a one night stay, then get together for dinner.
An early start this morning to visit the world heritage site of Stonehenge, a powerful reminder of the once-great peoples of the late Stone and Bronze Ages. Erected between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC, a number of the stones were carried hundreds of miles over land and sea, while antlers and bones were used to dig the pits that hold the stones. Our tour then takes us to Cornwall through the beautiful county of Somerset via Dartmoor, where we will stop for lunch at Widecombe in the Moor, a small village located within the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. On reaching Cornwall we will check into the THE ATLANTIC HOTEL in Newquay, or similar, for the next three nights. Dinner tonight is included.
During our time on Cornwall we shall tour the west of Cornwall including Land’s End, the most westerly point in mainland England, The Minack Theatre, (an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea), and lovely Cornish villages where you can try a famous Cornish Pasty. We shall also explore Tintagel, Port Isaac (Doc Martin country) and the pretty town of Padstow.
Today we travel by motorcoach to the West Bank of the Nile to see the two gigantic statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Next, take in the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to Egypt’s 18th-dynasty pharaoh, who was one of a handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. You’ll continue on to the Valley of the Kings, where many illustrious Pharaohs were buried, including the young boy king, Tutankhamen, whose mummified body still lies in its final resting place. Entry to King Tutankhamen’s tomb is included. Filled with a sense of wonder, you’ll return to the ship to sail to Kom Ombo. Along the way, enjoy a Galabeya party with Egyptian music.
There is a lot to see in this stunning area so we have two full days of sightseeing in the Cotswolds including Oxford, famous for its University, Stratford upon Avon where we visit Shakespeare’s Birth Place and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland, the exquisite baroque palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens and the magnificent lake. On one of our days in the Cotswolds, lunch will be at a surprise location. We also spend time visiting beautiful Hidcote Manor and enjoying the beauty of the Cotswold region and pretty villages.
Today we drive to the Lake District via the pottery district of Stoke-on-Trent and Liverpool, home of the Beatles, the city that shaped their early music and lives. We will take a look through the famous locations from 1960s Liverpool that will give us an insight into The Beatles formative years. If time is available we shall visit a pottery. The next two nights will be spent in the Lake District at the LINDETH HOWE HOTEL, a home formerly owned by Beatrix Potter, or similar.
This morning our sightseeing will include a cruise on Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England and a visit to Hill Top where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her stories. Beatrix Potter's house Hill Top remains as she left it, and was the inspiration for many of her tales. Each room contains something that appeared in her books. Beatrix valued the house and its contents highly and when she died she left Hill Top to the National Trust to open it to the public, on the condition that the house was kept with all her belongings in place. Tonight is at leisure so maybe venture into the local village for dinner.
A highlight on our way to Edinburgh is Hadrian’s Wall, a stone or turf and timber fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of what is now northern England. The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Empire. On reaching Edinburgh we have a two night stay at the G&V ROYAL MILE HOTEL, or similar. Dinner tonight is included.
Optional extra: The 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will take place from 5 – 27 August 2016 so for those wishing to attend, tickets can be arranged at an additional cost, once they are released for sale.
The historic City of Edinburgh has preserved over the years its own medieval atmosphere. Every corner of the city has its own story or legend. Our city sightseeing will include Princes Street, the Royal Mile, views of the Parliament, Holyrood House and a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle. Our tour will end with a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia and then free time to enjoy this wonderful city.
Our tour today departs for Culross, a National Trust village of beautifully preserved 16th and 17th century houses. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Culross was a thriving community, with a flourishing trade with the Low Countries, as evidenced by the architectural style of the village. We continue on to St Andrews with time to enjoy the medieval town and the famous golf course.
Some free time in the morning to explore the village and then a visit to Edradour Distillery, the smallest and most picturesque distillery in Scotland. Edradour Whiskey is as hand made today as it was over 150 years ago by just three men who are devoted to the time-honoured methods of whisky making. After some time for lunch, our tour heads to Inverness, a city in the magnificent Highlands with a two night stay at the BUNCHREW HOUSE, Inverness, or similar, with dinner.
Today our sightseeing in this historic area will include the Culloden Battlefield site. The Battle of Culloden (16 April 1746) was the final clash between the French-supported Jacobites and the Hanoverian British Government in the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Culloden defeated the Jacobite cause—to restore the House of Stuart to the throne of the Kingdom of Great Britain—a decisive defeat. It was the last battle ever to be fought on British soil. Our sightseeing also includes Cawdor Castle, dating from the late 14th century and Clava Cairns, a type of Bronze Age circular chamber tomb cairn.
We depart Inverness via Fort Augustus and drive along the shores of Loch Ness, a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 km (23 miles) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 15.8 metres (52 ft) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie". We will have a chance to visit either Urquhart Castle which sits beside Loch Ness or Eilean Donan, a small island in Loch Duich. The island is dominated by a picturesque medieval castle, originally used in the early 13th century as a defence against the Vikings. After our lunch break we head across the bridge to the Isle of Skye, where we will check in to the SKYE-CUILLIN HILLS HOTEL, or similar, for a two night stay. Dinner tonight is included.
Today we will be travelling around the Isle of Skye. The island is renowned for its spectacular scenery, vibrant culture and heritage, and its abundant wildlife with birds from the tiny Goldcrest to magnificent Golden Eagle, mammals from Pygmy Shrew to Red Deer and fish from Saithe to Salmon. The wide range of geology and topography provides habitats for many wild flowers. As you travel around the Island it's not unusual to hear snatches of Scottish Gaelic, the indigenous language of the area. Gaelic culture and heritage pervade the atmosphere, each part of the Island having its own tales of times past and plans for the future.
We leave the beautiful Isle of Skye and head towards Glasgow with part of our journey on board the world famous Jacobite Steam Train. We shall stay at Loch Lomond which is 24 miles long and five miles wide and at its deepest point is some 600 feet deep. Loch Lomond must be the world’s most famous Loch and has been much written about, both in song and verse. Dinner tonight is included after we settle in at the LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND, or similar, for one night.
This morning we have a short tour around the city of Glasgow, one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe. The city has been reborn as a centre of style and vitality set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections and the best shopping in the UK outside London. Glasgow was the home of Scotland's best known architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose style adorns many unique attractions throughout Scotland's largest and greatest city. Later we transfer to the airport for our flight to Dublin. On our arrival in Dublin we will be transferred to the WESTBURY HOTEL DUBLIN, or similar for two nights.
Our morning sightseeing tour of Dublin will include views of St Patrick’s Cathedral, built in 1191 and a visit to Trinity College, probably best known as the home to the famed 8th century the Book of Kells.
Today we head to Tully, Kildare to visit the Irish National Stud, home of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds, a source of national pride. Situated in the same grounds are the famous Japanese Gardens, created between 1906 and 1910. We then drive on to the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre before arriving in Cork at the HAYFIELD MANOR or similar for one night. Dinner tonight is included.
Today we visit Blarney, steeped in history and magical charm. For many visitors to Blarney, their first priority is to kiss the famous Blarney Stone high up on the Castle battlements. Tradition holds that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will be endowed with the gift of eloquence – "the gift of the gab", as the locals call it. The tour continues on to Bantry House, the ancestral house of the Earl of Bantry. This magnificent period residence boasts breathtaking views of Bantry Bay as well as an important collection of furniture and tapestries. We drive to Killarney for a two night stay at the BROOK LODGE HOTEL, or similar. Dinner tonight is included.
Today is an unforgettable day of spectacular scenery as we drive around the Ring of Kerry. This 170km (almost 120 miles) circular route is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist trails. Taking in Killarney National Park, this famous route offers panoramic views of the surrounding county and many islands off the Kerry coast. We arrive back at the hotel by mid afternoon.
This morning we check out after breakfast for our transfer to the Shannon Airport for our flight to London. On arrival we will be transferred to the RADISSON EDWARDIAN HAMPSHIRE HOTEL, or similar, for a four night stay. Our hotel is centrally located right in Leicester Square. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.
With a wealth of history, culture and exciting attractions, there is plenty for us to see in London. During our time here our travels will include many attractions while still giving you ‘free time’ to explore this wonderful city.
During our time in London we will see Trafalgar Square, Westminster, Piccadilly and Marble Arch. We shall join the crowds to see the Changing of the Guards and take a tour of Buckingham Palace. We shall then take a river cruise to Greenwich Village where will have a three course lunch at a riverside pub. The tour also includes a visit to the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Cabinet War Rooms, where we shall learn more about the man who inspired Britain’s finest hour, Winston Churchill. The evenings are free to maybe take in a West End show or enjoy one of the many local restaurants.
Today is free for optional activities whether it is more sightseeing, shopping or browsing the local markets. All of London’s famous galleries and museums are open on a Sunday and many of them are free and within walking distance of our hotel. This evening we take a flight on the London Eye, and then we will all get together for a special dinner to toast the end of our four week tour.
We shall arrive back in Melbourne in the morning and be met and transferred by coach back to Gippsland.