Captain Sandys Cruise Holidays Travel Ottawa West

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Book by March 14, 2019 to save $150 CAD per person

Double $7645 CAD

Single $9255. CAD

Price includes:

Round trip flights from Ottawa International Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/ Surcharges of $300 per person (subject to change until paid in full), Hotel Transfers, must see inclusions in Stonehenge, Overnight in the capital cities of London, Cardiff Dublin and Edinburgh, Roman Bath Museum's elaborate 2000 year old spas. Traditional Irish cuisine cooking class, Traditional English Carvery, Traditional Jaunting Car ride in Killarney, an overnight within the medieval walls of York and so much more!

Join us a comprehensive tour of Paris, Britain, Wales, Ireland and Scotland

September 10 to 27, 2019

If you're only going to get there once, this is the trip for you!

 

Travel to some of the world’s most magnificent cities and through the magical countryside of Britain and Ireland. This comprehensive journey takes you through rolling farmland and across the Irish Sea, through England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Marvel at the mystery of Stonehenge. Experience Ireland’s culinary renaissance during a cooking class at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutes. Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare at his birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscapes in the English Lake District, Ireland’s Ring of Kerry and the valleys, mountains and imposing castles of North Wales. Admire the ancient Roman ruins at Hadrian’s Wall and in elegant Bath. Get acquainted with Britain’s pageantry in the royal cities of Edinburgh and London.

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Tour Activity Level

The activity level for this tour: 3 out of 5

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

 

Optional Excursions

Add some more spice to your tour with this optional excursions.

 

Windsor Castle - $84

London

Duration: 4.5 Hours

Your transportation is included

Step into the formal world of the British Monarchy when you visit the stately and expansive Windsor Castle.

The Guinness Storehouse and Traditional Irish Night - $141

Dublin

Duration: 5 Hours

Your transportation is included

 

 

 

We depart Ottawa on September 10 on an overnight flight to Paris where over two days we will be treated to dinner in the Eiffel Tower, a Seine River Cruise to enjoy the Parisienne sites, and to top it off we will have a city tour of Paris!

                                                         

After two nights in Paris, we board a Eurostar Train to London to begin our touring adventure. 

 

                                                                         

Day 4: Your journey opens in the regal city of London. A capital of culture and commerce, the city blends traditional with modern. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers at a traditional English pub for dinner.

 

                                                           

Day 5: Discover the pageantry of London as we join a local guide for a city tour. See Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city or perhaps partake in an optional excursion to Windsor Castle.

 

                                                           

Day 6: Travel to Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived at the location and their purpose. Continue to the elegant Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year-old elabourate spas. Enjoy some time to stroll through Bath’s cobblestone streets and soak in its old-world atmosphere. Your day ends in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

 

                                                            

Day 7: Join a local expert on a leisurely paced walking tour of Cardiff. Learn about the city’s deep ties to the coal industry, its connection to ancient Rome and its famous Victorian shopping arcades. Take in the beautiful countryside of Wales en route to the coastal village of Fishguard. There we board the ferry for Ireland, crossing the Irish Sea. Upon arrival in Rosslare, travel to Waterford, your home for the evening.

                                

                                                             

Day 8: This morning, it’s your choice! Tour the House of Waterford Crystal factory featuring a fascinating visitor’s centre and a retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world -OR- enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city and discover its rich Viking, Norman and Cromwellian history. Later, travel to historic Blarney Castle. Make your way to the top of the castle, lie back and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that if you do, you will be blessed with the "gift of eloquence." This evening it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants.

 

                                                               

Day 9: This morning explore Killarney National Park on a traditional jaunting car ride.* Then travel along the glorious Ring of Kerry where you’ll find some of Ireland’s most magical scenery. Pause for a moment at the Gap of Dunloe to browse for traditional Irish handcrafted goods. As we continue our journey, marvel at the vistas created by windswept cliffs, rugged mountains, lakes and picturesque villages. Later, see border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm.

                                     

                                                                                 

Day 10:Today we venture through the “Golden Vale” en route to the awe-inspiring Rock of Cashel. Be amazed by its imposing facade and visit the spot where St. Patrick preached. Tonight, give traditional Irish cuisine a modern twist during a cooking class and dinner at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutions. Top off the evening by making your very own Irish coffee!

 

                                                                        

Day 11: Discover Dublin’s past and present on a locally guided tour highlighting the Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Later, experience for yourself the welcoming nature of the Irish as you set out to explore the “Fair City” on your own.

 

                                

Day 12: Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. As you traverse northern Wales, pass Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the town with the longest name in the world. Make a stop at majestic Caernarfon Castle, where Charles was crowned Prince of Wales. Then, continue through the Welsh countryside and discover some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Britain. Tonight, experience dinner at a traditional English carvery.

                                                                  

Day 13: Travel north into England’s scenic Lake District. Here you’ll feel the inspirational appeal of the region’s quintessential English villages, Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Crossing into Scotland, stop in the town of Gretna Green where generations of runaway couples eloped. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital city.

 

                                                                                  

Day 15: Today it’s your choice! Come to know this regal city during a locally guided panoramic city coach tour -OR- for a different perspective, join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse,** the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city independently.

                                                               

Day 16: En route to England, visit Hadrian’s Wall. Construction of this ancient structure began in A.D. 122 and since that time, it has served as the northern border of the Roman Empire. Continue to the historic city of York. Find yourself surrounded by the charms of history as you explore its quaint narrow streets. Walk on the famous “Shambles” and see the magnificent 13th-century Minster.

 

                                                                   

Day 17: Journey to charming Stratford-upon-Avon. Step back in time as we visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Afterward, it’s your choice! Tour Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife -OR- set out on a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. This evening we gather to say farewell to this captivating region over dinner.

 

                                                             

Day 18: Depart today with many fond memories of lovely Paris,  Britain, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

 

Notes

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

If your accommodations are confirmed at the Walton Hotel while in Stratford-upon-Avon, triples are on request only - it may be necessary to use a double/single combination.

To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.

On day 15, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. Return flights should not be booked prior to 11:00 a.m.

Our air passengers will arrive and depart from London airports. On day 15, all transfers will depart from Stratford-upon-Avon for London airports. Distance to London Heathrow Airport from Stratford-upon-Avon / Warwick is approximately two hours.

Travellers arriving in Edinburgh from August 7-22, 2019 will receive tickets to Edinburgh's famous Military Tattoo show. Please inquire at time of reservation.

*Jaunting car ride is included, weather permitting.

**The Palace of Holyroodhouse may occasionally be closed when the Queen is in residence or for official state functions.

Travel Tips

Electricity

An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.

Voltage for the United Kingdom and Ireland is 220V.

Elevation

The highest elevation encountered on this tour is 1,500 feet.

Time Zone

Britain and Ireland are 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and Eastern Daylight Time.