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Get the best of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales with our 21-day driver-guided tour itinerary. 

Covering every nation in the UK (and the Republic of Ireland) in just 3 weeks is quite the task, however, our suggestions outlined below allow you to visit the majority of our iconic sights and locations while traveling in style and comfort in our luxury private vehicles. 

Contact our team to discuss the best time to arrive in the UK, or if you would like our tour planners to create a custom itinerary for your vacation, complete our contact form and we would be happy to do so at no cost.

Our UK 3 Week private tour Itinerary includes:

Days 1: London

Depending on your preference, your guide for the day will collect you directly from the airport, or if you would like to begin the itinerary after already arriving in London then you can be collected from your London-based hotel to begin the itinerary.

London Walking Tour:

Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Guard

Beefeater guards at buckingham palace.
Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s London residence and official office of the Monarch. At certain times of the year, private tours of the palace are available that allow you to experience life as a Royal by entering the 19 State Rooms including The Throne Room, the Grand Staircase, and selections from the Royal Collection of artwork including masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.

Along with skip-the-line tickets to the Palace, your private tour will also include viewing the changing of the guard ceremony with the Yeomen Warders.

Westminster Abbey

Guided tour of Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey, England

Founded by Benedictine Monks in 960 AD, Westminster Abbey has been the coronation site for British monarchs since William the Conqueror in 1066, with the most recent being Queen Elizabeth the 2nd in 1953.

Step inside the Lady Chapel which has been the site of 16 Royal weddings and visit Royal Tombs and Poets Corner hosting the final resting place or memorials to hugely influential figures from British histories such as Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Charles Dickens, and Jane Austen to name just a few.

Big Ben & Houses of Parliament

Big Ben & Westminster palace tour
Big Ben & Westminster, London

Climb to the top of the massive Big Ben Clocktower and explore the seat of power in the UK with your private guide as you tour the Houses of Parliament including:

  • Westminster Hall 
  • The Queen’s robing room
  • Chamber of the House of Commons
  • Chamber of the House of Lords

Churchill War Rooms

This underground bunker became the headquarters and center of operations for Churchill’s government during World War 2 and gives guests an insight into what life was like during the war both for the political class and ordinary citizens.

Within the War Rooms, you will find the Churchill Museum to explore more about his background, history, and legacy.

London Eye

London Eye, on walking tour london
London Eye, England

Your London tour culminates with you enjoying stunning panoramic views across London from the London Eye, the world’s biggest observation wheel.

 

Accommodation: London

Day 2: Bath

On the second day of your three-week UK tour itinerary, you will leave London and set off for Somerset with your private driver-guide to arrive in Bath.

The city of Bath was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage City back in 1987 thanks to the Roman remains and baths, Georgian architecture, and outstanding natural beauty and landscapes found here. On your full-day tour, your guide will take you to explore:

Roman Baths

the main bath with people on tour along the side at Roman Baths, in Bath, England,
Roman Baths, Bath

Bath came to prominence during the Ancient Roman Empire era due to the presence of the hot springs here, and was effectively turned into a spa town by the Romans. Constructed in approx 70 AD and then developed over the next 300 years the Baths are the best preserved Roman temple and bathing structure in Northern Europe.

Your private tour guide will take you to explore the four main sections of the baths: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman bathhouse and finds from Roman Bath.

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey, England,
Bath Abbey, England

Once the site of a Norman Cathedral, the current Bath Abbey, also known as The Abbey Church of Saint Peter & Saint Paul, was the last Gothic church to be built in England having been constructed in 1499.

Pulteney Bridge

The bridge allows you to cross the River Avon and has shops built into it on both sides.

Royal Crescent

A row of 30 Georgian structures forming the shape of a crescent, constructed between 1767 and 1774. Fans of the tv series “Bridgerton” will immediately recognize the setting from the show.

Jane Austen Center

Celebrate the life and works of Jane Austen who lived in Bath for over 6 years.

 

Accommodation: Bath

Days 3, 4, & 5: Cornwall

When it comes to blissful rest and recuperation on your vacation, nowhere in the UK can match Cornwall. That is why we have scheduled 3 days of relaxing tours of the region, providing the perfect balance between chilled-out leisure time at the glorious beaches, and exploring the legendary mythos, and historic sites found here.

Cornwall is famous for enjoying the best climate in the UK and boasting 433 miles of stunning coastline looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, with diverse scenery ranging from lush green fields with hundreds of varieties of flowers to beaches of golden sands and networks of caves. Sitting alongside Cornwall’s swashbuckling past as a hotbed of piracy and smuggling (The real Pirates of Penzance!) lies a rich mythos with the most celebrated being the legend of King Arthur being born here with Camelot suspected to refer to Tintagel Castle – which we will be sure to visit on your tour itinerary!

To ensure your Cornwall tour is tailored to your tastes, our tour planners will be in touch to recommend the exact locations, sites, and activities that suit you, whether that is nature walks and hikes, relaxing by the beach, or delving deeper into the historic side of Cornwall.

Some Cornwall highlights we recommend are:

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle, England
Tintagel Castle, England

Atop the rugged coastal landscape and accessed by a footbridge from the mainland to the headland, the 13th Century Tintagel Castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, while underneath lies Merlin’s cave! On your tour of the castle, you will meet Gallos, a larger-than-life bronze statue symbolic of the castle’s royal past and the story of King Arthur.

St Ives

One of the most popular locations in Cornwall, St Ives is renowned for its picturesque beaches, cobbled streets, whitewashed cottages, and the St Ives Tate Gallery with its emphasis on the St Ives School from the early 20th Century.

Penzance & Land’s End

Quite literally the end of the land, this is the most westerly and southerly point of England. Given that Cornwall is a place full of myths and legends, it will be no surprise to hear that a place of such significance is associated with its own lore, that of the Lost Land of Lyonesse, and your guide for the day will be happy to reveal all as you look out over the Atlantic Sea.

Old Harry Rocks, Jurassic Coast, England
Old Harry Rocks, Jurassic Coast

Dorset

Explore the gorgeous diverse landscapes along the Jurassic Coast with your private driver-guide. The driving route encapsulates four regions – East Devon, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland & Purbeck each with quaint villages and untainted historic towns, ruins of Norman Castles, and still operational steam railways.

Devon

Noss Mayo from Newton Ferrers in Devon
Devon

Discover castle ruins, waterfalls, gorges, and local legends on a tour of Dartmoor National Park – said to be the inspiration behind Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous Sherlock Holmes novel, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. For further foreboding thrills, you may also wish to pay a visit to the Dartmoor prison museum which details the story of the prison and its inmates since its origin during the Napoleonic Wars.

 

Accommodation: St Ives

Day 6: Dartmoor National Park & Exeter Full-Day Guided Tour

Join your driver guide for an unforgettable full-day private tour exploring the beautiful landscapes of Dartmouth National Park and the historic city of Exeter. Starting from your St. Ives hotel, you’ll embark on a journey filled with picturesque views, fascinating history, and delightful local experiences.

Dartmoor National Park

Leather Tor in Dartmoor National Park, England
Dartmoor National Park, England

Discover the wonders of Dartmoor National Park, a stunning natural gem with a diverse landscape of moorland, woodland, and river valleys. Enjoy guided walks along picturesque trails, taking in the lush greenery, wild ponies, and unique geological formations. Your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you about the park’s history, flora, and fauna.

After your morning adventure in the park, enjoy a well-deserved break at a charming local pub. Savor traditional British fare, such as fish and chips or a hearty pasty, accompanied by a refreshing local ale or cider. This is the perfect opportunity to relax and refuel for the second half of your day.

Exeter Cathedral

Upon arriving in Exeter, explore the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, a medieval masterpiece dating back to 1114. Admire the intricate Gothic architecture, stunning stained-glass windows, and the famous astronomical clock. Your guide will provide insights into the cathedral’s rich history, including its role in the development of the English church.

Exeter's Historic Quayside

Next, stroll along Exeter’s historic quayside, a bustling hub of activity lined with ancient warehouses, artisan shops, and cozy cafes. Learn about the quayside’s maritime history and its importance to the city’s development. You may even have the chance to participate in a traditional craft workshop or watch the locals rowing on the River Exe.

Check-in at Your Exeter Hotel

As your day comes to an end, your driver guide will drop you off at your Exeter hotel, where you can relax and unwind after a day full of adventure. Enjoy the local hospitality and comfortable accommodations, and rest up for another day of exploration.

Day 7: Cardiff

This marks the first junction on your 21-day UK itinerary that you will enter a new country, as you travel from your Oxford accommodation to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, the birthplace of children’s author Roald Dahl, “Goldfinger” singer Shirley Bassey and known as the city with the most castles in the world. 

During your Cardiff city tour, your driver guide will take you to:

Cardiff Castle

view looking up from the bottom of the steps at entrance to Cardiff Castle.
Cardiff Castle, Wales

Discover over 2000 years of history within walking distance of Cardiff city center! Alongside your private guide, you can explore the Norman Keep – a 12th-century structure that is the highest point of the Castle, The Grand Castle Apartments, the 33-foot tall Trebuchet – an historically accurate replica of catapults used in the 13th century to lay siege to the castle, and discover the role the castle played in World War 2 as a shelter for Welsh citizens.

St Fagans National Museum of History

The most popular heritage attraction in the country, St Fagan’s tells the history, lifestyles, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people through the centuries by recreating 50 buildings from different historical periods.

Brecons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park in wales on UK tour
Brecons National Park, Wales

Discover sections of the waterfall walk or if more adventure is what you are after then get hiking to the peaks!

Cardiff has been a focal point in productions of the enduring TV series “Dr. Who” so if you are a fan then we would be happy to reserve tickets for the DR Who Experience exhibition in the city for you. If The Doctor is not to your taste then instead enjoy an early evening stroll along the Cardiff Bay Barrage and the stunning views over the Severn Estuary.

 

Accommodation: Cardiff

Day 8 & 9: Snowdonia National Park

man and woman on guided tour of snowdonia national park
Snowdonia, Wales

Snowdonia is all about outstanding mountain ranges, river gorges, flowing waterfalls, and charming village life. We have 2 days planned for you to get outside and experience the wild beauty of Wales most outstanding natural landscapes.

The Lone Tree in Llyn Padarn Lake

Start your day off early by making sure you are at this famous beauty spot for sunrise for the most spectacular photographs.

Mount Snowdon

With an altitude of 3560 feet, Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England. There are 8 trekking paths to the peak, or if you would like to see the summit without the hours of leg-work required you can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the top of the mountain.

Llyn Ogwen

Discover the Ogwen Valley and spend some time in the picturesque little village.

The National Slate Museum

Quarry work and mining helped to bring Wales to prominence throughout the Industrial Revolution, and discover the old Victorian workshops, waterwheels, and exhibitions on the industry that helped raise the profile of the country.

Betws-y-Coed

Translating as “The temple in the Wood” this village is at the junction of Conwy, Lledr, and Llugwy valleys. From here you can easily reach the Fairy Glen, Swallow Falls, Conwy House, and the famous 15th-century stone cottage Ty Hyll or “Ugly House”. Rather more charming than the name suggests, the legend of the Ugly house says it was a hiding place for thieves and robbers of the era.

 

Accommodation: Snowdonia Park

Day 10: Liverpool

tour group on Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool
Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

After your nature retreat in Wales, you will return to England with your driver guide for a full day tour of Liverpool where you will also spend the evening.

Your tour of Liverpool will begin at the Docklands, an area of particular importance to the city as it became an integral port during the Industrial revolution. Visiting the Royal Albert Dock & Merseyside Maritime Museum will enable your guide to transport you through time from the Docks’ beginnings in 1846, through the industrial modernization of the 19th Century, and Liverpool’s role in World Wars 1 & 2.

After the museum tour, you can take the opportunity to enjoy a boat cruise along the Mersey with spectacular views of iconic monuments in the city, including Christ the King Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, Royal Liver Building, Museum of Liverpool, and Tate Liverpool.

In the post-industrial era Liverpool transitioned into a city of culture, really beginning with the meteoric rise of The Beatles in the ’60s, on to being designated as the European City of Culture in 2008, and to this day is one of the most vibrant and thriving cities in the UK.

tour guide at The Beatles Statue, Liverpool
The Beatles Statues, England

For Beatles fanatics, we can arrange tours of Penny Lane, Strawberry Field plus John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes, and the Cavern Club where the band made their first performance.

In the evening you can explore the bustling city center to experience why modern Liverpool is considered such an outgoing and modern city. For your evening meal in the center, you have the option of enjoying classic Scouse fare like Liverpool Meat Stew, Wet Nelly – a type of English Fruit Cake, and Liverpool Tarts or modern fusion faire and examples of worldwide cuisine.

 

Accommodation: Liverpool

Day 11: Exploring the Lake District

Experience the enchanting beauty of The Lake District on a private full-day guided tour. Departing from your Liverpool hotel, join your driver guide as you explore the stunning landscapes and charming towns of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, culminating in an overnight stay in a delightful Penrith hotel.

Lake Windermere

Windermere Lake, Lake District, England tour
Lake Windermere, England

Begin your day at the largest natural lake in England, Windermere. Marvel at the picturesque scenery as you take a leisurely cruise across the shimmering waters. Snap a photo of the surrounding fells and wooded hills, and learn about the rich history and cultural significance of this beloved destination.

Grasmere

Next, visit the idyllic village of Grasmere, famously known as the home of William Wordsworth. Wander the quaint streets, visit the poet’s former home at Dove Cottage, and pay homage at his final resting place in the local churchyard. Finally, don’t forget to sample Grasmere Gingerbread, a deliciously spicy-sweet treat invented in the 19th Century.

Ambleside

Continue your tour in the charming town of Ambleside, nestled at the head of Lake Windermere. Stroll along the bustling streets filled with independent shops, cafes, and galleries. Be sure to stop by the iconic Bridge House, a tiny 17th-century dwelling perched atop a narrow stone bridge.

Keswick Town

As you journey further into the heart of The Lake District, explore the vibrant market town of Keswick. Set on the shores of Derwentwater, this lively destination offers an array of outdoor activities, including boat trips, scenic walks, and the nearby Castlerigg Stone Circle – a fascinating prehistoric monument.

Penrith

End your day in the historic market town of Penrith. Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets, visit the imposing ruins of Penrith Castle, and explore the enchanting gardens at Lowther Castle. Finally, settle into your cozy Penrith hotel for a well-deserved night of rest and relaxation.

Day 12: Edinburgh Highlights Tour

Today you will enter your third nation in 12 days with your tour of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

Before arriving in Scotland, you will stop in the city of Carlisle for lunch and to explore the remaining sections of Hadrian’s Wall, constructed in AD122 and which marked the northern frontier of the Holy Roman Empire.

Edinburgh, Scotland, Literature festival
Edinburgh, Scotland

Afternoon Edinburgh Tour

Welcome to the Capital of Scotland! Did you know that over 75% of the buildings in the city are “listed,” meaning that they are protected for being of particular historical and/or architectural interest and significance? Your first evening exploring the most significant of these locations with a walking tour of Edinburgh’s Medieval Old Town before we delve into another of Scotland’s great institutions with a Whisky discovery and tasting experience.

Guided Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

Get to know the city’s history as you walk its cobbled streets and narrow lanes. Some of the sites you will discuss with your guide are St Giles Cathedral, where you will discover its links to John Knox and learn why it is known as the “Cradle of Presbyterianism,” Greyfriars Kirk & Graveyard, and the monument to Greyfriars Bobby, the Scottish Terrier who spent 14 years guarding his owner’s grave.

Scotch Whisky Experience

In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Scotch Whisky Experience opened in 1987 when the Scottish Whisky industry combined to fund this showcase celebrating the history and development of Scotch whisky.

Your tour features an interactive trip through the production of Scotch, a session exploring the regional variations in scent and flavor between the different Scotch regions, and of course a tasting experience within the walls of the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky.

Accommodation: Edinburgh

Day 13: Edinburgh Highlights Tour

Today you can take advantage of being able to spend the whole day in Edinburgh by visiting the most famous and iconic sites in the capital. Your guided tours for the day include:

external view of edinburgh castle with fountain in focus in foreground
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Climb to the top of the Walter Scott Monument

The 200-foot high monument to the author of legendary Scottish literature like Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and Waverley stands rises imperiously into the sky just a stone’s throw from Waverley station and is decorated with 64 characters representing characters from his books and poems.

Arthur's Seat

Enjoy a trip to the summit of Arthur’s Seat, the peak of a group of hills formed by an extinct Volcano that provides the finest views across the city.

Edinburgh Castle

The most famous landmark in Edinburgh, discover the fascinating historical tales and stories of scandal and intrigue surrounding the many famous figures intrinsic to the history of the Castle, such as Mary Queen of Scots, the Child King James the 6th, Oliver Cromwell and many more.

Exhibits on display here include the oldest Crown Jewels in Britain – the Honors of Scotland, and The Stone of Destiny, an ancient symbol of Scotland’s monarchy where rulers were crowned.

Holyrood Palace

The Queen’s Scottish Palace and official residence in Scotland, crowning the iconic Royal Mile thoroughfare which runs from the Castle to the Palace.

Edinburgh Dungeon

The gruesome twosome Burke and Hare, infamous cannibal Sawney Bean, and The Witch of the Potterrow Port Agnes Finnie to name but a few, Edinburgh is a city with a dark and often bloody past and the Edinburgh Dungeon with its interactive live-action exhibitions is the most fun way to reveal this aspect of the city’s character.

Accommodation – Edinburgh

Day 14: St Andrews

woman enjoying private tour at ruins of St Andrews Cathedral
St Andrews Cathedral, Scotland

Your 14th day will vary depending on your interests. For some, the opportunity to experience a round of golf on the Old Course at St Andrews, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious courses, would be an absolute highlight of their vacation. If this is the case, please let us know asap so our team can make the much sought-after and in-demand reservation for you.

If your group is not interested in golf, we will spend the day exploring the picturesque seaside town of St Andrews together.

St Andrews isn’t just famous for its reputation as the home of golf. Among the fascinating attractions to visit with your guide are:

St Andrews Cathedral

Walk the grounds and admire the remains of what was once the country’s largest church at St Andrew’s Cathedral. Constructed in 1158, it was the center of the Catholic Church in Scotland, falling into ruin after practicing Catholicism was outlawed under the Scottish Reformation in the 16th Century.

St Andrews Castle

12th Century ruin overlooking a small beach called Castle Sands and the adjoining North Sea. Amongst the remaining sections of the Castle are the south wall, the underground bottle dungeon where John Knox and George Wishart were said to be imprisoned, the underground mine, and the kitchen tower.

Explore a Section of the Fife Pilgrim Way Walking Path

Or enjoy a walking route around the center of the city stretching to the famous St Andrews University and enjoy some locally sourced fresh Scottish food.

Accommodation – St Andrews

Day 15: Inverness

Today you officially arrive in the wild romantic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands!

When you think of the Highlands the first images that come to mind will usually be breathtaking scenery, untamed wildlife roaming free, serene lochs set against green mountain backdrops, and of course washed down with an Earthy Whisky or two. Your day trip in the Highlands has been designed to bring you the best of each of these before you settle in at your Inverness accommodation for the evening.

Blair Atholl Distillery

Blair Atholl Whisky distillery tour
Blair Atholl Distillery, Scotland

Understand the process that goes into making the distinctive Blair Athol Single Malt Whisky and enjoy a tasting session.

Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorrms National Park driver guided tour
Cairngorrms, Scotland

Covering the Cairngorms mountain range and hills, there are multiple routes for trekking and you can choose whichever suits your tastes or mobility requirements.

Loch Ness Boat Cruise & Urquhart Castle

group of people exploring Urquhart Castle on bank of Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle - Loch Ness

Scotland’s most famous loch, filled with more mysteries and legends than any other! Alight at Urquhart Castle, a prominent monument in Scottish history and once under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scotland in 1306. After exploring the castle with your guide you will have the opportunity to go Nessie hunting (or dodging) again as you sail back across the loch.

In the evening for culture vultures and those with an interest in architecture, we recommend a walking tour by the Greig Street Bridge, Inverness Town House, and Abertarff House. Our tour planners will help you decide which restaurant would be best suited for your tastes for your evening meal, however, it would be a pity to come all the way up to Inverness without sampling some wild Haggis – freshly caught that morning!

 

Accommodation: Inverness

Day 16: Fort William - Glencoe - Glasgow

Mount Snowdon may be the highest summit in England and Wales, but on day 15 of your 3-week tour itinerary, you will have the opportunity to scale the highest mountain in the entirety of the UK, the majestic Ben Nevis in Fort William. Alongside this, today your driver guide will deliver you to “The most photographed castle in the country” and spend the evening in Scotland’s cultural hub and largest city, Glasgow. 

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle at sunset
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Walk around the grounds of what many consider to be the most romantic castle in the world. Sitting on a small island where 3 great sea lochs meet, Eilean Donan’s beauty has resulted in it featuring in several notable Hollywood productions including Highlander, The Wicker Man, James Bond – The World is Not Enough, and many more.

Ben Nevis

With the peak at 4413 feet, it is not surprising that the hike to the top of Ben Nevis is considered pretty strenuous! Fortunately for those who would like to enjoy the majesty of Ben Nevis without the need for a trekking experience, you can enjoy a gondola cable car journey to a viewing platform that provides breathtaking views looking out over Fort William and beyond.

Glencoe Mountain Range

Glencoe mountain range on driver guided tour
Glencoe, Scotland

Discover the valleys and mountains of Glencoe on this spectacular driving route that will take you past several stunning locations you will recognize from films such as James Bond: Skyfall, Braveheart, and Prometheus, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and many more besides.

Accommodation: Glasgow

Day 17: Glasgow

city walking tour on buchanan street Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland

Although Glasgow is not the nation’s capital, it is the largest city in Scotland and enjoys a reputation as a bustling hub of culture, art, and architecture. Indeed in a recent poll in the Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Glasgow was voted the best city to visit in the UK.

On your full-day Glasgow walking tour you will visit:

House for an Art Lover

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the most significant and influential architects and designers in Glasgow. His works are featured throughout the city like the Lighthouse in the city center and the angular Glasgow School of Art building. His legacy can be explored at House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park. Constructed according to Mackintosh’s design and furnished with interiors and furniture that highlight his unique and timeless style.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

In Glasgow’s artistic West End you will find the Botanic Gardens. Take a heritage trail through the park and discover the array of flora and rare Orchids at the Kibble Palace and other Glasshouses in the Gardens.

Princes Square

Located in the center of the city on the busiest shopping street in the country with street performers and entertainers lining the streets outside, The Scots voted this ornate 19th Century square as the “Nation’s Favorite Building” in 2016. Enjoy some fine dining in the swanky restaurants and bars, pick up a souvenir, or particularly Scottish gift like an official Aran Sweater. 

Glasgow city center walking tour

tour guide at Glasgow Cathedral Scotland
Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Discover the main attractions in the city on a guided tour where you will see George Square & City Chambers, Art and mural tour, Glasgow Cathedral & Necropolis, The Clyde River, and more.

 

Accommodation: Glasgow

Day 18: Belfast

external image of Titanic Museum in Belfast
Titanic Museum, Belfast

Our 3-week UK itinerary has been designed to deliver the best of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – even if this is actually outside of the UK! In doing so you will first enter Belfast, the capital of the North.

Clients vary in how they would like to make their way here, Glasgow airport has flights that will take you less than an hour direct to Belfast, while others would prefer the more leisurely route and enjoy the Ferry crossing from Stranraer to Belfast. Please let our tour planners know your preference at the earliest opportunity and we can reserve your tickets for the travel arrangement of your choice.

There are a wide variety of experiences and attractions to visit in Belfast, and to ensure that your tour includes exactly the type of sites that will interest you we will provide our recommendations after consulting with you, however, some of the most popular spots are:

Exploring the Titanic quarter

Did you know the fateful ship was constructed here back in 1911? Take the tour of the interactive museum to find out all about the Titanic and her disastrous maiden voyage across the Atlantic.

Gaeltacht Quarter

Enjoy a driver-guided tour through the Gaeltacht Quarter where you will hear the locals speaking in their traditional Gaelic Irish language.

Political Mural Tour

Belfast was a key terrain throughout the infamous troubles, and the history of the town is writ large on famous murals throughout the city. Your driver guide will be able to discuss the significance, meaning, and legacy of each as you travel through the city, culminating in the Peace Wall where you can even write your own message.

Enjoy A Drink In The Crown Bar

This is actually owned by the National Trust and is probably the most famous pub in Belfast. It dates from at least 1826 and features an incredibly ornate interior of tiles, original gas lamp fixtures, and a beautifully carved ceiling.

 

Accommodation: Belfast

Day 19: The Giants Causeway & Coast

Giants Causeway standing stones and mountain backdrop on guided tour
Giants Causeway

Your driver guide will collect you in the morning to make your way to the Causeway Coastal Route.

Your first stop of the day will be in the picturesque village of Carnlough where we can take a walk by the small harbor before we continue along the coast and then through the Glens of Antrim, hearing the myths about the fairies and leprechauns said to reside there.

We’ll stop for a spot of lunch in the coastal town of Ballycastle, before walking across the awe-inspiring Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.

In the afternoon we’ll explore Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, the incomparable Giant’s Causeway, and hear the legend about the Giant Finn MacCool and the uniquely shaped stones, before finishing the day off with a visit the Dunluce Castle.

 

Accommodation: Belfast

Day 20 & 21: Dublin

view of bridges over River Liffey in Dublin.
Dublin City

From Belfast to Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, takes just 2 hours with your driver-guide, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of day 13 and the entirety of day 14 in the city before you take your flight home from Dublin International Airport.

During your 2 days in Dublin, your driver guide will reveal the historic tales, fascinating characters, and distinctive Irish culture behind the most famous and iconic sites in the city such as:

O’Connell Street & The General Post Office

One of the most pivotal sites in Irish history and the Easter Uprising, the GPO is where the Proclamation was read in 1916, for the very first time.

Trinity College

The oldest and perhaps most architecturally beautiful university in Ireland, founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII you will also find the hallowed ‘Book of Kells’ from 384 AD within its walls.

The Doors Of Dublin

You’ll never see two identical doors as you wander through Dublin city, and their unique and colorful charm gives the city an unmistakable character.

Guinness Storehouse

The homeland of Ireland’s national drink. We don’t believe that Guinness tastes the same anywhere else in the world, and you find out if you agree or not by pouring your own pint in the factory where it all started.

Temple Bar District

The heart of nightlife in Dublin, be sure to enjoy a Guinness or perhaps an Irish Whiskey or two either in Temple Bar itself or take in the bands playing traditional Irish music in the surrounding area.

Irish Immigration Museum

Discover the history of the Irish Diaspora and particularly tales of immigrants destined for America.

Kilmainham Gaol

Built in 1796 it served as a prison in former times where many Irish revolutionaries were imprisoned and executed by the British.

Dublin Castle

Commissioned by King John all the way back in 1204, and although the majority of what you can see now was actually constructed in the 18th century, the Record Tower from that era is still intact.

The castle is still in use for formal occasions and functions by the Irish government today and tours of the grounds are available at regular intervals.

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