British Isles

18 day cruise/tour - June 5, 2012

Ultimate British Isles with Scotland & Ireland - SOLD OUT!

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Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator

Shakespeare ~ Harry Potter ~ C.S. Lewis ~ History

Click here: Read more about this vacation in our "Travels with Mike and John" article 

With a little creativity we have taken a Princess Cruise and added a land tour to reach the important places missed on the cruise. When you combine a great cruise, with a great land tour and then add a great educator in Michael Wilcox, you create the Ultimate British Isles & Ireland Cruise & tour. This is the best itinerary we have ever been able to offer! Here is a partial list of what you will see and experience on this special cruise/tour:

Visit the following sites by cruise ship: 
In England: Southampton, Liverpool, Guernsey Island. 
In Wales: Conwy Castle & Beaumaris Castle. 
In Scotland: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Inverness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Glasgow. 
In Ireland: Belfast, Ireland Costal Drive, Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Dublin, Glandalough Monastery, Cork, Blarney Castle.

Visit the following sites on your land tour: 
In England: London, Windsor Castle, Tower of London, Stonehenge, Oxford, Stratford upon-Avon, Warwick, Warwick Castle, LDS Church History sites. 
In Wales: Tintern Abbey.
Stay in Marriott & Hilton hotels during your Land Tour.

Bonus: The last stop before returning to Southampton is Le Havre, France.  Our last shore excusrion will include Normandy Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery.
 

A Message from Your Educator

Dr. Wilcox has been a educator for over 35 years. He has escorted many tours to China, Israel, Europe and Central and South America and more.

 

"England is the foundation of our heritage. From it we received our language, our most endearing literature, our freedoms, our sense of humor, and our general outlook on the world. Many of us trace our individual roots to England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland. From Shakespeare to Harry Potter, to C.S. Lewis to King Arthur and his Round Table, to Beatrix Potter or Jane Austin, the culture of England continues to shape our world and define our place within it. Its heroes and villains are part of our everyday consciousness. Its castles, cottages, palaces and ancient ruins fire our imagination and haunt our thoughts. Come with us to the “Sceptred Isle” as we reminisce of everything from Kings to paupers. You will enjoy the green wonder of Scottish highland lochs, the rocky cliffs of Ireland, the rolling hills of the English countryside and the wild beauty of Wales. I look forward to traveling with you."

Sincerely, 
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox

Price Includes

  • Princess's "Caribbean of the Seas"
  • All Port Charges
  • Deluxe hotels in Warwick England and London England
  • All tours, entrance fees, buses and guides during the land portion in England
  • All transfers to and from hotels, airports and ship
  • Special Guest Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
  • Fun For Less Tour Staff throughout the tour and cruise
  • Option to purchase deeply discounted shore excursions
  • Option to purchase deeply discounted airfare

Pricing Information

Fun For Less Tours Member Discount Price
$3,395*
($3,395 price above are cash/check discount rates.) 
Call for our deeply discounted airfare.
*Cash discount price per person based on double occupancy.
Price does not include airfare, fuel surcharge, cruise taxes, shore excursions, taxes and fees.

Itinerary (subject to change)

Day by Day Itinerary
 
Day 1:  5 June:  Fly
Fly from the US to London
 
Day 2:  6 June:  London
Morning arrival into London.  Today we will visit one of the homes to the Queen of England, Windsor Castle.  You will have plenty of time to explore the Castle and the many shops around the castle.  We will also visit Runny Mead before heading to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 
 
Day 3:  7 June:  London – Southampton
This morning we will head to the coast to catch our Princess Cruise ship.  We will visit ancient Stonehenge, the Mysterious circle of stones that still carries the aura built into it over four thousand years ago.  We will then head to Southampton to board our Princess Cruise ship.
 
Day 4:  8 June:  Guernsey Island, England
Optional Shore Excursion on Guernsey Island – Port:  St. Peter
 
Day 5:  9 June:  Cork, Ireland  
Optional Shore Excursion:  Our shore excursion will include a stop at the Blarney Castle.  This is your chance to Kiss the Blarney Stone. 
 
Day 6:  10 June:  Dublin, Ireland
Optional Shore Excursion:  Just a little south of Dublin we will visit the ancient Monastery of Glendalough.  The history of Ireland is deeply intertwined with Christian Monasteries and the inspiring story of Saint Patrick.  It would be difficult to imagine a setting more peaceful.  You will have time to walk the ruins and sit by the lakes or walk the footpaths one trod by Irish monks whose labors saved much of Western Civilization during the dark centuries follow the fall of Rome and the barbarian invasions that swept over Europe.  We will then turn to Dublin to visit Trinity College home of the Book of Kells, a beautifully illuminated manuscript of the New Testament and the greatest treasure of Ireland.  We will also visit the Trinity Library, one of the most beautiful library’s in the world. 
 
Day 7:  11 June:  Liverpool, England
Optional Shore Excursion:  This morning we are off to Northern Wales and the castle and walled town of Conwy.  Built by Edward I as part of a ring of castles to cower the Welsh into Submission, Conwy stirs images of the legends of King Arthur, for Wales was the origin of the famous Camelot Stories. Though home of the Beatles, Liverpool is most famous as the scene of thousands of hope-filled and tear-stained goodbyes as immigrants poured through its docks to sail to America and a new life.  The Albert docks still carry the memory of the sounds and sights of tall-masted ships bulging with cargo and small knots of families settling on board for the long voyage down the Mersey River and across to America. 
 
Day 8:  12 June:  Belfast – Ireland Coast
Optional Shore Excursion:  Today will be a highlight day!  We begin with a drive up one of the most beautiful costliness in the world.  At the top of the spectacular costal drive we will stop at the Giants Causeway, one of the most remarkable geological wonders in Europe.  We will also visit Dunluce Castle, perched precariously on the cliffs above the sea, before returning to Belfast and our ship. 
 
Day 9:  13 June:  Glasgow – Stirling Castle
Optional Shore Excursion:  Stirling Castle was built in the 14th and 15th Centuries, Several Kings and Queens have been crowned here, including Mary, Queen of Scotts in 1543.  There is very little to see in Glasgow, so if time allows we will drive through the lower highlands on our way back to the ship. 
 
Day 10:  14 June:  Fun Day at Sea
In addition to relaxing, dinning and enjoying the ships entertainment; you will meet with our special guest educator, Dr. S. Michael Wilcox. 
 
Day 11:  15 June:  Inverness – Scottish Highlands
Optional Shore Excursion:  We plan to spend a fantastic day driving through the Scottish highlands.  We will stop at Eilean Donan Castle near the Isle of Sky and then back inland to Loch Ness to look for the Lock Ness Monster.  We will also stop at the Urquhart Castle often called the Lock Ness Castle. 
 
Day 12:  16 June:  Edinburgh
Optional Shore Excursion:  We have an entire day to enjoy Edinburgh.  We will have morning tour of the city, including Edinburgh Castle.  Sir Walter Scott created the mystique of the Scottish clans here and there is monument to this famous Scott.  Edinburgh is also the city of Greyfriars Booby and J.K. Rowling who wrote Harry Potter from the upstairs window of a local pub.  You will enjoy Edinburgh Castle and have time to walk and explore the Royal Mile before retuning to the ship. 
 
Day 13:  17 June:  Fun Day at Sea
In addition to relaxing, dinning and enjoying the ships entertainment; you will meet with our special guest educator, Dr. S. Michael Wilcox. 
 
Day 14:  18 June:  Normandy Coast
Optional shore Excursion:  This morning we will tour the Normandy Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach.  We will also the American Cemetery before returning to the ship. 
 
Day 15:  19 June:  Stratford Upon Avon - Warwick
Early this morning we depart our ship and head into southern Wales to visit Tintern Abby.  We will spend the afternoon visiting significant LDS church history sites in England.  We will also visit Stratford Upon Avon – home to Shakespeare before arriving into Warwick to overnight. 
 
Day 16:  20 June:  Warwick – Oxford – London
This morning we will travel the short distance to Warwick Castle, perhaps England’s most famous.  You’ll have time to explore the towers and dungeon and watch demonstrations of medieval archery, catapults, sword fighting and falconry.  In the afternoon we travel to the literary center of England, Oxford.  This is the college town of C. S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, William Tyndale, Lewis Carroll and Dozens of other great English thinkers.  Oxford was the scene of the most famous martyrdoms in English Protestant history for it was here Archbishop Cranmer was burned at the stake along with Bishops Latimer and Ridley.  It as also used in Harry Potter films.  We will overnight in London.
 
Day 17:  21 June:  London
We will have a city tour with a full visit to the famous Tower of London, a castle, prison and the most famous execution site in Europe.  You will have the opportunity to see the English Crown Jewels.  Our next stop is the British Library, home to some of the greatest documents in the English language and world – from the original lyrics of the Beatles to the notebooks of Da Vinci, to the Magna Charta, to the oldest New Testament in existence.  We will finish about 1:30pm.  The rest of the day will be free time to enjoy a possibly a Broadway play or just explore.
 
Day 18:  22 June:  Fly Home
This morning you will head back to the US and home.