Day 1: July 23: Fly
This morning you will fly from the US to London Heathrow airport.
Day 2: July 24: Stonehenge
This morning your flight will arrive into London Heathrow airport. After clearing customs we will head to the famous rocks of 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 our deluxe 4-star hotel.
Day 3: July 25: London
Today will be a full day tour of London that will include the famous Tower of London, a castle, prison, home of the crown jewels and the most famous execution site in Europe. Time permitting we will stop at 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 return late this afternoon to our hotel.
Day 4: July 26: Windsor – Oxford – Warwick
This morning we head to one of the homes of the Queen of England, Windsor Castle. We will spend much of the day exploring the castle and the surrounding old town of Windsor. We will also visit Runny Mede (it was here the Magna Charta was signed). Then we will continue north to 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 was also used in Harry Potter films. We will overnight near Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Day 5: July 27: Warwick – Stratford-upon-Avon
This morning we will travel the short distance to Warwick Castle, perhaps England’s most famous castle. You’ll have time to explore the towers and they also have demonstrations of medieval archery, catapults, sword fighting and falconry. We will then spend the afternoon exploring Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon. We will return to overnight at our hotel.
Day 6: July 28: Liverpool – Preston England
This morning we will take the approximate 3-hour drive to Liverpool and the Famous Albert dock used by many immigrants that left England for the US. Then we will head to Preston where we will visit LDS church history sites in that area. Overnight in Preston at a 4 star deluxe Hotel.
Day 7: July 29: York
York is one of the reasons you want to do a land tour! You cannot visit York from a cruise ship. Nowhere in northern England says ‘medieval’ quite like YORK, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its medieval luster! Its medieval spider’s web of narrow streets is enclosed by a magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls. At the heart of the city lies the immense, awe-inspiring minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic Cathedrals in the world. This will be a highlight day!!! We will then drive to head back to Preston to overnight.
Day 8: July 30: Lake District – Glasgow
Another reason a land tour is the best way to go. You cannot visit the Lake District from a cruise ship! This morning we will head north into the Lake District of England. This is possibly the most beautiful part of England with its lush hills and lakes. We will stop at Windermere located on Lake Windermere. From here we will take a paddle steamer boat ride. We will also visit the tiny village of Grasmere where authors like Wordsworth lived and wrote. We will then head to Glasgow to overnight.
Day 9: July 31: Scottish highlands
Today we will drive through the stunning Scottish highlands. On the drive we will drive pass the beautiful Loch Lomond. We will also visit St Andrews Golf course. St Andrews is considered by many “the home of golf”. There will not be time to play a round but you will be able to take some pictures and visit the pro shop. We will then continue on to Edinburgh. Location, location, location is what is most important in Edinburgh. We are staying in the only 5-star hotel located right in the center of the Royal Mile.
Day 10: August 1: Edinburgh Scotland
We have an entire day to enjoy Edinburgh. We will have a 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 Bobby 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 returning to your hotel at leisure as your hotel is right on the Royal Mile.
Day 11: August 2: Ferry to Northern Ireland – Carrickfergus
This morning we head through the Scottish countryside to Troon on the Irish Sea. We will travel by ferry to Larn also on the Irish Sea in Northern Ireland. We will travel a short distance to Carrickfergus, also a port on the Irish Sea in Northern Ireland to overnight. We will overnight in our only 3-star first class hotel on this tour the Clarion hotel, which is the best hotel in the area. It is the perfect place to depart from tomorrow to drive the coastline to the top of Northern Ireland. You will love the location as it is by the port with wonderful areas to walk to.
Day 12: August 3: Ireland Coast
Today will be a highlight day! We begin with a drive up one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. On our way we will stop at the famous Rope Bridge and then continue to the top where we will find 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 Carrickfergus and our hotel.
Day 13: August 4: Dublin, Ireland
This morning early we will take the approx. 2 hour drive to Dublin Ireland. The history of Ireland is deeply intertwined with Christian monasteries and the inspiring story of Saint Patrick. You will have time to visit Trinity College to see the most important book in Ireland – the Book of Kells and one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. We will give you plenty of time to explore old Dublin and its walking streets before heading to our Dublin hotel.
Day 14: August 5: Fly back to the US & Home
This morning we transfer to the airport and your flight home.