13 Day London & All Ireland Highlights

Tour duration:

13 days

Tour starts:

London

Tour ends:

London

Trip Summary:

Tour price includes:

  • Return Ferry from London to Dublin 
  • Transfers from Dublin Ferry port to City Centre Hotel 
  • 9 day Rail/Coach guided tour of Ireland 
  • 12 nights in Elegant Hotel Accommodation 
  • Full Breakfast daily (except day 1) 
  • London Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 2 Day Ticket 
  • Dublin Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 1 Day Ticket
  • AA Roadmap of Ireland 
  • Local Taxes 
  • JTI booking assistance  
  • JTI emergency contact available while in London and Ireland  
  • JTI Travel App 

Visits & Admissions included to:

  • Tower of London including Crown Jewels Tour 
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College 
  • Guinness Storehouse  
  • Blarney Castle 
  • Cobh Heritage Centre 
  • Ring of Kerry Day tour 
  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park 
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre 
  • Kylemore Abbey 
  • Aran Island Tour 
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge 
  • Giant’s Causeway 
  • Titanic Centre Belfast 

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Tour Highlights

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Itinerary

Catch a taxi or a tube to your London Hotel

 

Hop On Hop Off London Sightseeing Bus – 48hour

Today you will explore England’s capital city, London. Set on the River Thames, London is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. Enjoy a city tour on board the London Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus. The ticket is valid for 72 hours and you can use it to see all the famous London landmarks in ease and comfort and then continue to use the bus to transfer you between the attractions that interest you most. The bus tour takes you past all of London’s top landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, HMS Belfast, London Eye, Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Globe Theatre, Tower Bridge, Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, plus many more famous historic monuments and attractions.

 

Tower of London Tour – including the Crown Jewels

Today you will visit the Tower of London and see the famous building that has served as a fortress, palace, and prison. Explore the grounds of the Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and See the Crown Jewels of the British Monarchy. Keep your eyes peeled for one of the on-site ravens.

 

Accommodation: London City Hotel – 3 nights

Full English Breakfast

After a good nights’ rest continue touring the rest of London City on board the Hop on Hop off Bus. The bus will be your mode of transport around the city and will transfer you between attractions.

 

London

Situated on the famous River Thames in south-central England, London, the largest city in the United Kingdom, boasts an iconic skyline and dates back thousands of years to the Roman empire. The capital city is home to world-class Michelin star restaurants, and four World Heritage sites: The Tower of London, Kew Gardens, the Palace of Westminster, and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Other phenomenal attractions include Madame Tussauds; The London Eye; the West End Theatres; and premier shopping at several famous markets and iconic department stores. Visitors may also enjoy a river cruise along the Thames past the Houses of Parliament and Westminster, or visit the British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern and the Science Museum. Don’t miss a visit to the Queen’s official residence at Buckingham Palace to view the changing of the guards outside.

 

Buckingham Palace

Today you might take a wander around St James’ Park and over to Buckingham Palace to see the colorful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Accompanied by a military band, a detachment of the Queen’s Foot Guard march to Buckingham Palace to change with the old guard.

 

Big Ben

Why not stop off and have a look at the famous Big Ben.

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower.

 

The London Eye

You might like to take flight on the London Eye. The Coca-Cola London Eye is centrally located in the heart of the capital, gracefully rotating over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The experience showcases breath-taking 360-degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks and has been the number one visitor experience in the city for the past decade.

 

“Optional Extra” – London River Thames Lunch Cruise

Today you might like to cruise down the River Thames and see some of the city’s most historic sights, while feasting on a delicious 2-course dinner with coffee or tea.

See the Tower of London and Tower Bridge from the comfort of a newly refurbished river cruiser

River Thames cruise with regular seat

2-course lunch with tea and coffee

Live commentary

 

Accommodation: London City Hotel

Full English Breakfast

Today you could take the day to explore some more at your leisure or you might like to take a day trip off to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath.

 

“Optional Extra” Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Day Trip

You might like to take a day trip to 3 of England’s most beautiful sites.

Tour to Windsor Castle, the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Transport and guided tours are included.

Included in tour:

Entry to Windsor Castle with audio guide, available in 9 languages

Entry to Stonehenge with interactive audio guide

Personal audio headset to ensure you never miss a word of the guide’s commentary

 

Accommodation: London City Hotel

Full English Breakfast

Check-in at London Euston Station at the Network Rail Mobility Assistance Reception for the 09:10am departure of your train direct to Holyhead. You will be met by your Railtours Ireland host and escorted into your reserved seats.

Your train, complete with snack car/bar will speed through the heart of England and along the North Wales coast to reach Holyhead in just 3 hours and 40 minutes. Holyhead rail station is also the cruise ferry terminal, after a short bus transfer to the berth you walk onto Irish Ferries Shop ‘Ulysses’ to Dublin.

Enjoy an invigorating 3 hours and 15-minute voyage across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Facilities on board the ship include a range of restaurants and bars, a 2-screen cinema and a traditional promenade deck, from where you can enjoy the fresh sea air.

Arrive into Dublin at 17:25hrs where you will be welcomed by your Railtours Ireland host and transferred to your hotel in Dublin City Centre.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 2 nights

Full Irish Breakfast

Today you are free to discover Dublin with your Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour ticket.

 

Hop On Hop Off Dublin City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Today you will explore Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. Originally founded by Vikings over 1,000 years ago, you will discover the city’s charms, see the elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly-painted doors, the River Liffey, O’Connell Street, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse and much more. Explore the sights of Dublin City and enjoy commentary using the Dublin City Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Tour Bus. Relax on a 90-minute city tour and then use the bus to transfer you between attractions around the city.

 

Book of Kells – Trinity College

You will visit Trinity College, a distinguished college attended by legendary writers such as Jonathan Swift, William Congreve and Oscar Wilde to name but a few. Here you will see the famous ‘Book of Kells.’ It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together. It was completed in 800 AD and is said to be the oldest (and most beautiful) book in the world!

 

Guinness Storehouse

Next you will visit the Guinness Storehouse and learn how the famous ‘blackstuff’ is made. Afterwards enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar which enjoys panoramic views of the City.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

Make your way to Dublin’s Heuston train station to start your rail tour of Ireland. Your train departs at 7.00am from Heuston Station. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to train departure time.

 

Blarney

You will travel from Dublin to Cork this morning via train as part of your tour. You will transfer to the tour coach and travel through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle and Gardens. You will have time to kiss the famous Blarney stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eternal eloquence on those lucky enough to do so. There is also time for shopping at Blarney and we recommend that you have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal.

 

Cobh

Depart Blarney Castle for Cobh, via the city centre and a short city tour. On arrival at Cobh you will visit St Colman’s Cathedral. You will then proceed down along the sea front passing the former White Star Line offices en-route to the beautifully restored Victorian railway station/transatlantic terminal. This is now the Cobh Heritage Centre, home to the Queenstown Story (which includes the story of the Titanic). The centre also houses much information about the Great Famine and subsequent Irish Emigration.

 

Killarney

Depart Cobh by train for Killarney. The rest of your evening is free and there is a large selection of cafés, restaurants and bars in Killarney town as well as many opportunities for live traditional Irish music entertainment.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel or B&B – 2 nights

Full Irish Breakfast

You will be collected from your accommodation for your Ring of Kerry tour. Ireland’s highest mountains are located in Kerry and Carrauntoohil, which can be seen en route. It is the highest, standing at 1041 metres. You will make a stop at the Kerry Bog Village Museum, which gives people an insight into how people lived and worked in rural Ireland in the 18th century. The village is the only one of its kind in Europe. Later, on the approach to Waterville there are views (weather permitting) of the Skellig Rocks (islands), where Star Wars ‘The Force Awakens’ was recently filmed. An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks and runs through its many passes and valleys along the shores of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay.

The Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney’s magnificent National Park.

At the end of the tour you will be brought to Killarney for your second night.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel or B&B

Full Irish Breakfast

Depart Killarney by road to Limerick, to join the Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour.

 

Limerick City

Arrive into Limerick where you will join your tour coach. Limerick has a population of about 90,000 and its city charter was granted in 1197AD, making it older than London! As we cross the River Shannon which is Ireland’s longest river you will see views of King John’s Castle to the right.

 

Bunratty Castle

After a brief city tour, you will travel onto Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The castle was completed in 1425 and, after many years of neglect, has been restored to its former glory. There is also a folk park here which you will have time to explore. This shows what Ireland was like 100 years ago.

 

Cliffs of Moher

Next, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher. There is plenty of time to visit Ireland’s second most popular tourist attraction and your host will advise you of the departure time. From here you take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along The Burren.

At the end of the day the coach will set you down at Eyre Square. You will be directed to your hotel by your host and your evening is free in Galway.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Galway Hotel or B&B – 2 Nights

Full Irish Breakfast

Aran Island – Inis Mór

This morning you will depart Galway City for transfer to Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands. Irish is the spoken language on the Aran Islands, although the locals will be more than happy to speak to you in English. For many, the highlight of the tour is the formidable pre-Christian fort of Dún Aonghasa, with spectacular sea-cliffs on the western side and unspoilt views of the Atlantic Ocean. Transfer times may vary seasonally. Your tour of Inis Mór includes stops at ‘Seven Churches’ (15 minutes), Dún Aonghusa (75 minutes) and Kilronan, break for lunch (45 minutes).

After your tour of Inis Mór you will be transferred back to Galway City for the evening.

(Depending on your day of departure, tours on Day 4 and Day 5 may be reversed)

 

Accommodation: Elegant Galway Hotel or B&B

Full Irish Breakfast

Depart Galway on a conducted tour of the spectacular Connemara

 

Connemara

Now the gateway to Connemara opens, and the breath-taking colors of this unspoilt countryside are revealed in all their natural splendour. At Maam Cross, the Connemara “crossroads”, there is a replica of the cottage used in the 1950’s John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara film “The Quiet Man”, which was filmed here.

 

Kylemore Abbey

There is a lunch break at Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, an 18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant here. It is an excellent touring center beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker or the fisherman. It was here too, at Derrygimlagh Bog, near Clifden that aviation history was made when Alcock and Brown crash landed after their historic transatlantic flight in 1919. Back at Maam Cross again and the road turns southwards now through the Screeb, Costello and Rossaveal. Rossaveal is the departure point for ferryboats to the Aran Islands and is also a major fishing port. We are now in the Gaeltacht or Irish speaking area of Connemara where Gaelic or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of a bi-lingual people.

After your day touring you will head to Galway Train Station to take the train back to Dublin.

Depart Galway for Dublin Heuston at 19:20hrs.

Arriving at Heuston Station, Dublin at 21:45hrs.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 3 Night

Full Irish Breakfast

Your train departs at 7:35am from Connolly Train Station. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.

Arrive into Belfast Central Station for 9:45am where you will be met by your tour coach to continue on your journey along the Causeway Coastal Route, along Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast. Upon arrival, guests can see one of Belfast’s most well-known landmark, the two Harland & Wolfe Cranes which are nicknamed Samson and Goliath. Leaving Belfast, you proceed to the town of Carrickfergus for a short photo-stop and take the coast road north from here. Further north, you arrive at the fishing village of Carnlough, where we stop for about 15 minutes. Continue on passing the coastal villages of Glenariff, Cushendall and Cushendun. There are stunning views of the sea to the right and the mountains or the Glens of Antrim to the left. You can even glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day.

 

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Your next stop is the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge!

 

Giant’s Causeway

You then head for Dunluce Castle for a photo stop before arriving at the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava and has given rise to many legends as the basalt resembles giant steps. The legend has it that Finn McCool, the mythical giant, built this bridge to Scotland to reach his beloved. The hexagonal shaped stone pilings and pillar are a geological marvel.

You will stop here for about 2 hours before leaving the Giant’s Causeway and taking the journey back to Dublin.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

Today you are free to continue to explore or shop in Dublin City at your leisure.

 

Dublin City

Dublin City is a truly remarkable place to discover, immerse yourself in its history, both ancient and recent. Wander down the old cobbled streets of Dublin and take in the local culture and fascinating history of this charming city. So many places to see and visit like: Trinity College, Dublin Castle, The Great South Wall, The Spire, Ha’penny Bridge, the River Liffey, Samuel Beckett Bridge, Temple Bar, Merrion Square, and so much more.

 

Dublin City shopping

Take some time to do some shopping in this vibrant city. The main city center shopping areas are Grafton St and Henry St. Both are located roughly the same distance from O’Connell Bridge. Beginning at College Green, you can wander down its many side streets and find the little hidden gems that only an old city can have. Located at the top of Grafton Street is St. Stephens Green, Ireland’s best known Victorian public park. The beautiful 22-acre park offers over 3.5km of paths and walkways. You will see the waterfall and Pulham rock work, the ornamental lake which provides a home for waterfowl and a number of sculptures which are located throughout the green. Dublin city is surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs where you’re sure to experience the true local atmosphere and culture of this much-loved city.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

This morning, your host will transfer you to the Dublin ferry port where you will take the ferry back to England. Alternatively we can arrange transport for you to Dublin airport to catch a return flight home.

 

Accommodation: London City Hotel – 1 night

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