Ultimate British IslesUltimate British Isles with Scotland, Ireland & Wales 19 day cruise/tour - July 3, 2023
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 S. Michael Wilcox, you create the Ultimate British Isles & Ireland Cruise & tour. This is a great itinerary! Here is a partial list of what you will see and experience on this special cruise/tour:
Visit the following sites on your land tour:
In England: London, Windsor Castle, Tower of London, Stratford upon-Avon, Liverpool, and The English countryside.
In Wales: Conwy.
In England: Southampton, Guernsey Island, Stonehenge. (England is mostly by land)
In Scotland: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Inverness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Glasgow, Sterling Castle, and more.
In Ireland: Belfast, Ireland Coastal Drive, Giant’s Causeway, Dublin, Glendalough Monastery, Cork, Blarney Castle, and more.
Package Price Includes:
- Inside upgrade cabin on Princess Cruise on “Regal Princess.”
- $300 in ship port charges and fees.
- $240 in ship taxes.Itinerary
- All land taxes.
- All booking fees and ticketing fees.
- Deluxe hotels in Stratford-Upon-Avon, London, and near Liverpool.
- All tours, entrance fees, buses and guides during the land portion in England.
- All transfers to and from hotels, airports, and ship.
- S. Michael Wilcox will be your special guest educator on the ship.
- Fun For Less Tours staff throughout the cruise, tour, and shore excursions – “We don’t send you, we take you.”
- Educational lectures on the ship.
- Individual Headset receivers that allow you to hear every word spoken by our guides, staff, and educator, even when you step away from the group to take that important picture.
- Shore excursions are not included in our package: We give you the OPTION to purchase our discounted shore excursions, they are significantly less than the ship charges. Our OPTIONAL shore excursion package includes 9 full days of tours, guides, buses, entrance fees, tour staff for only $1,088 (including taxes & fees).
- Airfare is not included in our package: We give you the OPTION to purchase our group airfare.
Package Price: $4,595*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include shore excursions, airfare and tips.
Airfare pricing will be announced soon!
You can also purchase your own airfare. If you would like a quote from other cities contact our office.
Day 2: July 4: Manchester – Liverpool
After clearing customs in Manchester, we will drive 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. Overnight near Liverpool.
Day 3: July 5: Liverpool – Stratford-Upon-Avon
This morning we will visit the famous Albert Dock, which was used by many immigrants as they left England for the US. Then we will drive to Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Day 4: July 6: Stratford-Upon-Avon
Today we will visit Stratford-Upon-Avon, where you will a chance to explore the area.
Day 5: July 7: Stratford-Upon-Avon – Southampton
We will drive to Southampton, where we will board our beautiful ship.
Day 6: July 8: Portland, England
Optional Shore Excursion to Portland, England. Our excursion will include Stonehenge.
Day 7: July 9: Guernsey Island, England
Optional Shore Excursion on Guernsey. The island is located only 8 miles off the coast of France. Despite its close proximity to France, the Channel Islands have been a part of England since the Norman Conquest. Though the island is small it is rich in history and culture. Victor Hugo wrote many of his famous works while in exile here. Renoir came to this lovely island to paint some of his great masterpieces from Pleinmont Point. It was also the only English Territory to be occupied by the Nazis during World War II. Those that are signed up for our shore excursion package will enjoy a brief tour visiting the highlights of the island and then free time to explore. This port is tendered, which means that we will take small boats from the ship to the port.
Day 8: July 10: 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 9: July 11: 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 once trod by Irish monks whose labors saved much of Western Civilization during the dark centuries following 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 libraries in the world.
Day 10: July 12: Belfast – Ireland Coast
Optional Shore Excursion: Today will be a highlight day! We begin with a drive up one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. At the top of the spectacular coastal drive, we will stop at the Giants Causeway, one of the most remarkable geological wonders in Europe. Then return to the ship.
Day 11: July 13: 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. We will also drive a little through the lower highlands. If time permits we may do a small tour in Glasgow before returning to the ship.
Day 12: July 14: Fun Day at Sea
Today is a relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.
Day 13: July 15: 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 14: July 16: Edinburgh
Optional Shore Excursion: 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 a 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 the ship.
Day 15: July 17: Fun Day at Sea
Today is another relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.
Day 16: July 18: Normandy Coast
Optional shore Excursion: This morning we will tour the Normandy Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach. We will also visit the American Cemetery before returning to the ship.
Day 17: July 19: Southampton – Windsor
This morning we will say goodbye to our beautiful floating Princess cruise ship in Southampton. It has been great not to have to pack and unpack every day. We will drive to London. We then head to one of the homes of the Queen of England, Windsor Castle. You will have time to explore the Castle and the many shops around the castle. Overnight near London.
Day 18: July 20: London
Today will be a full-day tour in London. Included in our tour is the infamous Tower of London, a castle, prison, and the most famous execution site in Europe. Time permitting, we will stop at the British Museum.
Day 19: July 21: Fly Home
This morning we will drive to the London Heathrow Airport to fly back to the US and home.