Monday, August 13 to Wednesday, August 29, 2012
GREAT Britain - You’re Invited! Join us as we explore England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland featuring the Edinburgh Tattoo
Day 1: Mon., Aug. 13 –Our coach will transfer us from Barrie, Kozlov Mall at 4:00p.m. and our Tour Office at 4:30p.m. to Pearson International Airport for our overnight flight to Glasgow. Our flight on Air Transat departs at 8:25 p.m. (D & B).
Day 2: Tues., Aug. 14 - This morning we arrive at Glasgow Airport at 8:00a.m. and meet our coach and driver from Dodds of Troon. We will tour the city before checking into The Mercure, our centrally located hotel for the next two nights. (D).
Day 3: Wed., Aug. 15 –Today, we explore Edinburgh and includes a guided city tour, free time for shopping and detailed sightseeing of the Old Town's Royal Mile, New Town's Princes Street and George Street. This evening we attend the spectacular Military Tattoo on the Esplanade of the magnificent and historic Edinburgh Castle. This year marks the 62nd anniversary of the Tattoo. (B)
Day 4: Thurs., Aug. 16 - This morning we depart Glasgow, travel through Stirling past Wallace’s monument, and continue northwards into the rugged mountains and forest-filled glens of the majestic Highlands. We travel through the Great Glen and along the length of Loch Ness to arrive early evening in Inverness, capital of the Highlands, for a two-night stay at the Glen Mhor Hotel. (B & D)
Day 5: Fri., Aug. 17 –Today, we travel the Road to the Isles and make a stop at Scotland’s most photographed castle, Eilean Donan before continuing on to the Isle of Skye. We return to the mainland and enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening. (B & D)
Day 6: Sat., Aug. 18 –This morning we depart Inverness and travel via Nairn and Elgin to Huntly. We visit Dean’s factory to discover how a local fund-raising activity grew to a global shortbread brand. Sample delicious Scottish fayre, including Baxters’ famous soups, at Baxters’ Highland Village. We continue on to Aberdeen nicknamed the "Granite City” for a guided tour. Late afternoon, takes us southwards to The Angus Hotel in Blairgowrie for our next 2-night stay with a visit enroute to Glenfiddich Distillery for a tour and tasting. (B & D)
Day 7: Sun., Aug. 19 –This morning we visit Royal Deeside, which is a favourite retreat of the Royal family. We will stop at Crathie Church where the Royal family worship while in residence at Balmoral Castle. (B & D)
Day 8: Mon., Aug. 20 - Today, we travel south via Perth and Dundee to Ayr with time to visit the birthplace of Scotland’s famous poet, Robert Burns located in the village of Alloway. From Alloway we follow the Ayrshire coastline to Loch Ryan and take the afternoon sailing to Belfast. Arriving in Belfast at 6:00p.m., we check in to the Ramada Plaza, Belfast for two nights. (B & D)
Day 9: Tues., Aug. 21 - This morning we travel along the dramatic cliffs and sweeping bays of North Antrim's spectacular coastline to the World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway. Today includes a visit to Bushmills, Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim. (B)
Day 10: Wed., Aug. 22 - Belfast has been slow to tell story of the Titanic from the city’s point of view. Now, a brand new state-of-the-art visitor centre tells the achievement of engineering that Titanic represented as well as telling some of the unknown stories of the men who built her and sailed on her. After our visit to the exhibition, we travel southwards to Dublin for two nights at the Maldron Hotel. (B & D)
Day 11: Fri., Aug. 23 - Spend a day at leisure in Dublin giving you time to explore the city on your own using the Dublin Pass. The pass gives visitors entry into many of Dublin’s top attractions, and discounts at some of Dublin’s best shops. This evening enjoy local music, song and dance as we attend The Irish House Party. (B & D)
Day 12: Sat., Aug. 24 - After breakfast we depart early from the hotel to visit the Irish National Stud Farm at Tully, Kildare and then continue to Dun Laoghaire to travel on the 1:15p.m. Ferry sailing to Holyhead, the largest town in the county of Anglesey in North Wales. We travel over the Britannia Bridge to Conwy and Abergele arriving in Chester early evening for an overnight stay at the Mollington-Banastre Hotel. (B & D)
Day 13: Sun., Aug. 25 - This morning we have free time in historic Chester. This afternoon we explore the Potteries in Stoke on Trent including a factory tour and free time to browse some of the factory stores for bargains. Today’s travels take us to Coventry for a two-night stay at the Royal Court Hotel. (B & D)
Day 14: Mon., Aug. 26 - Today is a full day of touring the picturesque Cotswolds. We visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare located in the beautiful rural countryside, on the banks of the river Avon. We continue on to Worcester where historically, fortunes were made on glove making, pottery, salmon fisheries, and the famous Worcestershire sauce. (B & D)
Day 15: Tues., Aug. 27 - This morning we begin our journey to London with a two night stay in Kingston-upon-Thames. Today’s highlight is the Cathedral City of Oxford, famous the world over for its University. (B & D)
Day 16: Wed., Aug. 28 - Today is a full day of touring the sights of London with our local step on guide including a visit to Buckingham Palace. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at our hotel. (B & D)
Day 17: Thurs., Aug. 29 - Today we start our journey home travelling to Gatwick Airport for our return flight. Our coach will be waiting for us upon arrival at Pearson International Airport at 3:00p.m. (B)
Tour includes: transfer by motor coach from Barrie & Bradford area to Pearson International Airport, return flights, departure taxes, ferry crossings, motor coach transportation with Hamilton Tours Ltd. Tour Director, 15 nights hotel accommodation, hotel taxes, baggage handling for 1 large suitcase each, 16 breakfasts, 14 dinners, attractions and guided tours as listed in the itinerary & HST EXEMPT.
Cost per person:
**We have a limited number of Club seats available which provides upgraded inflight service and additional baggage allowance at an additional cost of $700.00 per person**
An initial deposit of $1000.00 is required at time of booking.
A second deposit of $2000.00 is due on April 15 with the balance due in full by June 29, 2012
A Valid Passport is required for this tour.
RBC Travel Insurance is available through our office at the
time of booking at an additional charge.