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Solos Only

Your journey starts in Dublin, Ireland, joining fellow solo travellers on this small group roving journey through Ireland to Wales, England and Scotland.

Welcomed by your tour director, we cruise the old Grand Canal for a welcome dinner. Your touring of Ireland starts with the famous sights of Dublin and of course, there’s no place more apt than Dublin to visit a Guinness storehouse and then, a special ceilidh evening. From Dublin to kiss the famous Blarney stone before carrying on for the picturesque landscape around the Ring of Kerry and take a breather with a relaxing three night stay.  Your visit will uncover the charms of Ireland, then crossing the Irish Sea to Wales, England and Scotland.

Arriving to Chester, formerly a 1st Century Roman Fortress, you’ll feel like you’ve time-travelled as you walk the medieval streets and tudor rows. Onwards to Liverpool, a city made famous by the Beatles, then enter England’s Lake District in the north west corner, with mountains, valleys, villages, coastline and of course the lakes.

From the green lands of England to Scotland, try to understand what people say in Glasgow, and visit the renowned Battlefields of Bannockburn and the location for the Battle of Culloden. We make our way up to the Scottish Highlands and Scottish Isles to listen to the ghosts at Iona Abbey, the resting place of Gaelic kings including Macbeth.  Maybe catch a glimpse of Nellie at Loch Ness, and become a true Highlander by taking a wee dram on our distillery visit, and call in on every golfers’ mecca at St Andrews.

Our roving adventure ends at magnificent Edinburgh, where as a fitting finale we experience the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    19 Days
  • Status:
    Final days to book
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Ireland, Scotland, Wales
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices:
    AUD$11239 with own room
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Coach
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    Maximum 22
REVIEWS

'I was very nervous as this was my first solo tour & my first time to the UK. I was put to ease at the pre dinner welcome drinks upon meeting my fellow travellers,tour director & coach driver. I had the time of my life & was kept on the go all the time. The knowledge the Tour Director gave prior to & at the destination was invaluable & increased the overall experience. I would recommend a solo tour to anybody considering one. I have made some life long friends along the way. So get out there and do it!'

Sandy, 51 yrs, Brisbane, QLD

'A wonderful trip and exquisite memories! Being with a great bunch of people from breakfast to bedtime; experiencing the beautiful midnight sunset over a loch on the Isle of Skye; taking a trip down memory lane on a steam train with a special friend; finding a hidden gem at a sparkling lake in Connemarra; drinking guinness with friends on a ferry to Ireland; enjoying laughter and fun at a Scottish show; pondering on a battlefield in Scotland; getting soaked in the rain on a magnificent lake in Windemere; hanging upside-down kissing the Blarney stone; wonderstruck by awe inspiring worn stone steps; praying at a cathedral in Liverpool; finding my heritage in Britain's rich history.'

Linda, A young at heart 60-ish, Syney, NSW
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INCLUSIONS

  • 18 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 11 dinners
  • 18 nights’ hotel stay
  • Private touring by air-conditioned coach
  • Tickets to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • The services of a professional Blue Badge travel director throughout your journey
  • Documentation travel wallet containing the itinerary, hotel list, baggage labels
  • Tips and gratuities for the travel director and driver
  • Arrival & departure transfer #

    # Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.  

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price. 

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers
  • Porterage at hotels, airports and other transfer points not included
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips at airports and hotels
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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PRICES IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS (AUD)

Prices per person (in AUD)

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Standard: Tour only

AUD$11239

DUBLIN: Pre tour hotel, including breakfast 27 JUL19

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EDINBURGH: Post tour hotel, including breakfast 15 AUG19

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If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2550 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).


Trip Code: ireland19-7

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dublin Grand Canal cruise with dinner
  • Touring Dublin city highlights
  • Visit The Guinness Storehouse
  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
  • A relaxing three night stay on the Dingle Peninsula
  • A scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula
  • Enjoy meals in local Irish pubs
  • City walking orientation tours in Chester, Liverpool and Glasgow
  • Tour the Beatles Musuem, Liverpool
  • Discover some superb examples of old homes and castles including Muckross House, Castletown House, Derrynane House, Stirling Castle, Iona Abbey and Edinburgh Castle
  • Stay in the beautiful Lake District of England
  • Stand on the sights of the Battle of Bannockburn and Battle of Culloden battlefields
  • Relax with a three night stay in Edinburgh including a full day at leisure
  • A dazzling evening with tickets to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.  

DAY 1
Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)
 

Welcome to Dublin, founded by the Vikings and nowadays, a cosmopolitan and thriving city.  If you have booked the nominated tour flight with us, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our group hotel with our private group transfer.

This evening, meet up with your fellow travellers and tour director, and float along Dublin’s Grand Canal with our welcome dinner cruise, enjoying the scenic summer views.

Meals: Welcome, Highlight Dinner

DAY 2 
Dublin Sightseeing 

A morning discovery of the city of Dublin. Your tour director will introduce you to some of the famous sights including a visit to Trinity College and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.  And, in true Dublin style a Guinness Storehouse visit for a brewery tour.  You have the afternoon at leisure to make your own discoveries.

Tonight take part in a ceilidh evening featuring local specialties, a show of some traditional Irish dancing, and a sing a-long with renowned Irish melodies.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

DAY 3 
Dublin - Rock of Cashel - Blarney - Cork

We leave the city of Dublin to make our way to Cork. On the way there’s a photo stop opportunity at Rock of Cashel, dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, located in the heart of Tipperary.  Next, a stop that can’t be missed – one of Ireland’s great treasures, Blarney Castle and of course, follow in the footsteps of visitors over the last 200 years - climb the stairs to kiss the Blarney Stone to be bestowed with the gift of eloquence.

Travel onto Cork. Tonight we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Cork.

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 4
Cork - Killarney – Dingle Peninsula (3 Nights) 

A highlight of your visit to Ireland with three nights to enjoy the region of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.

From Cork we make a stop to visit Muckross House and Gardens including a guided tour*.  This nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty.

Today, there’s a stop at an Irish pub for lunch in the heart of Killarney. From Killarney, we make our way to our Dingle Peninsula hotel, including a stop at Inch Beach with some time for a stroll along the sandy beach.

Tonight, a relaxed evening as we dine at our hotel.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

* Muckross House tour is offered as a general tour to all visitors, and private tours are not on offer.

DAY 5
Dingle Peninsula & Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today, a full day’s discovery of the Ring of Kerry. We head out to take in the breathtaking scenery with a drive along the Dingle Peninsula before we reach the Ring of Kerry.

The Iveragh Peninsula, otherwise known as The Ring of Kerry is an incredibly scenic coastline and a not to be missed destination. It’s dotted with unspoiled beaches, rugged islands, charming villages and is a joy for any avid photographer. Your discovery will show you Cahirciveen, the home town of Daniel O’Connell, an Irish political leader of the 19th century, the fishing village of Waterville including a lunch stop, a visit to Derrynane House and gardens, and Moll’s Gap.

From Moll’s Gap we head back to our hotel. This evening, a relaxed dinner in house at our hotel.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6
Killarney

This morning, more of the beautiful Peninsula. The coastline of the Peninsula is characterised by steep sea cliffs and sandy beaches.  From our hotel we drive to the Slea head viewpoint for a fabulous panorama and continue onto Slea Head with its view to the Blasket Islands.

We make our way back via Dingle Harbour with time for an early lunch stop at your leisure, then returning to our hotel. The afternoon is free – the ideal opportunity to enjoy a walk to the nearby small villages; Wine Strand or Murreagh.

At the end of the day there’s a visit to a local craft brewery. We start with a brewery tour, followed by beer tastings, and then onto a local spot for dinner.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 7 
Dingle Peninsula - Killaloe - Kildare 

Enjoy the Irish countryside as we travel to Kildare.  We will travel to Adare in the county of Limerick, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, and then continue onto Nenagh via Killaloe.

Arriving to Kildare we visit Castletown House, the Georgian Palace at the heart of Ireland’s ancient past and enjoy a private guided tour. Tonight we will join together for dinner at our hotel to farewell our time in Ireland. 

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 8 
Kildare – Chester (1 night)

From Kildare we travel to the coast to make the crossing of the Irish Sea to reach Holyhead, Wales. We make a must see stop at the station with the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrn- drobwllllantysiliogogogoch. We enjoy the vista of Snowdonia National Park as we travel to Chester.  There’s time for a short walk around Chester city with your tour director, revealing her medieval walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows’.

Tonight, a local dinner in Chester.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 9  
Chester - Liverpool - Lake District (2 nights) 

Not far from Chester is the home of the Beatles – Liverpool.  We visit The Beatles Story, a museum that tells the story of four young lads from Liverpool, propelled to fame and fortune.  Also, your tour director will take you on a walking tour of Liverpool.

From Liverpool, we travel onto the Lake District.

Meals:  Full Breakfast

DAY 10  
Lake District  Excursion  and  At  Leisure 

Today we focus on Lake Windermere, the quaint villages along the way and enjoy the majestic scenery across the lake. Today’s outing will include some free time to enjoy a few of the local villages.

The evening is at leisure.

Meals:  Full Breakfast

DAY 11 
Lake District - Glasgow (2 Nights) 

As we make our way north we visit Gretna Green ‘The Gateway to Scotland’, famous in history as a haven for eloping couples to marry without the legalities of English law. There’s free time to wander Gretna village and take a morning tea break.

From Gretna Green to Glasgow, where there’s an orientation tour of Glasgow’s main highlights and an easy paced walking tour around the area of George Square with your tour director.  We check into our hotel later this afternoon and the rest of the day and evening is at leisure.

Meals:  Full Breakfast 

DAY 12 
Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Excursion | Glasgow

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles and this morning you’ll visit the castle with a guided tour. A highlight of your visit is exploring the Royal Palace of King James V, one of the best-preserved Renaissance buildings in the United Kingdom.  From the castle, to the historic location of The Battle of Bannockburn, that marks the bloody history of Scotland, renowned for the famous battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. 

This evening why night make your own local discoveries for a dinner spot.

Meals:  Full Breakfast

DAY 13 
Glasgow - Glencoe – Dalmally (2 Nights) 

We make our way further north in Scotland arriving to Dalmally Loch Awe for our next two nights of stay. Our journey is highlighted with the scenic pass via Loch Lomond.

Departing Glasgow with a visit along the way to Old Leckie Farm, a small family run farm.  We continue onto Dalmally through the scenic route of Loch Lomond and visit Saint Conan’s Kirk before arriving to our hotel in Dalmally.

Meals:  Full Breakfast 

DAY 14 
Mull and Iona Excursion
 

Today it’s an island excursion to the Isle of Mull and the island of Iona, which lie off the west coast of Scotland.

From Oba we take a ferry across to Craignure on the Isle of Mull to enjoy the beautiful scenery travelling to Fionnphort. From here, we take a short ferry crossing to the tiny island of Iona, one of Scotland’s most sacred sites.  We visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery, dating back to the 13th century. Now a days the abbey is restored and is an active place of worship.

Dine tonight at your hotel. 

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Dinner  

DAY 15 
Dalmally  -  Granton on Spey
We make our way further north to the Scottish Highlands while enjoying awe inspiring scenery and passing by ‘Glen of the Weeping’ at Glencoe.

Continuing north, no trip to Scotland would be complete without a stop to seek out the infamous Loch Ness Monster. From Loch Ness, we pay a visit to the battle site of the Scots and English, Battle of Culloden, where the Scots defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army in 1746, and featuring in the novel and TV series, ‘Outlander’.

Arrive later to Grantown on Spey, situated in the centre of the Scottish Highlands. Grantown is a traditional Highland town on the River Spey on the northern edge of the Cairngorms National Park.  Tonight, enjoy a relaxed dinner at our hotel.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16 
Granton on Spey - Pitlochry - St. Andrews - Edinburgh 

Our journey through Scotland now takes us south, through the rugged Cairngorm Mountains and arriving to the pretty village of Pitlochry. We visit a Scottish distillery. See whisky being made first hand amidst sights, sounds, smells and most importantly the exquisite tastes you will always remember. 

Then, to the home of golf, visiting St. Andrews before we end in Edinburgh.

Meals:  Full Breakfast 

DAY 17
Edinburgh Sightseeing and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This morning, your tour director will showcase the highlights of Edinburgh.

Tour Edinburgh Castle and also the beautiful Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, see the Royal Mile, the new Scottish Parliament building, the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and hear the tales of ancient Edinburgh of The Old Town.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT
You are in Edinburgh at the time of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Meals:  Full Breakfast

DAY 18 
Edinburgh at Leisure

A day set aside to make your own discoveries.

Tonight, a celebration of our roving journey from Ireland to Scotland with a farewell highlight evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing with delicious food and wine. And if you’re keen the chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.

Meals:  Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

DAY 19 
Depart Edinburgh

Our memorable tour comes to an end after breakfast. The remainder of the day is at your leisure until it’s time to transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Those group members travelling on the group nominated tour flight will be transferred to the airport for the onward journey*

Meals: Full Breakfast

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights
of Stay

Dublin

Clayton Hotel Burlington

2

Cork

Radisson Blu

1

Killarney/Tralee

Dingle Peninsula Hotel

3

Kildare

Killashee Hotel

1

Chester

Holiday Inn South Chester

1

Lake District

Best Western Castle Green Hotel

2

Glasgow

Jurys Inn Glasgow Hotel

2

Glencoe Area

Muthu Dalmally Hotel

2

Inverness

Grant Arms Hotel

1

Edinburgh

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

3


Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Lake District, Best Western Castle Green

Best Western Castle Green, Lake District, England

Killashee Hotel, Kildare, Ireland

Radisson Blu, Cork, Ireland

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

CLAYTON HOTEL BURGLINGTON, DUBLIN
located just minutes from the City Centre in the attractive southside of Dublin.  This hotel offers easy access to many popular attractions and convenient transport connections to all areas of the city.  The elegant rooms area equipped with everything you need for the perfect break.

All rooms feature flat-screen TVs with Skye sports, and you can enjoy free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, and safes. Hairdryers, phones, black out curtains and irons/ironing boards are also available.

Wi-Fi: free

RADISSON BLU, CORK
The many shops, cafés, and restaurants of this cosmopolitan city are all within easy reach of our award-winning Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Cork.

Each room comes with free, high-speed Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, and tea and coffee making facilities.  Enjoy hearty buffet breakfasts. At the end of a busy day, relax with a cocktail in the cozy Banks Bar. Keep up with your fitness regime at our Retreat Spa and Fitness Centre, where you'll find a gym, sauna, steam room, and hydrotherapy pool, as well as 9 treatment rooms for the ultimate in rejuvenation. 
Wi-Fi: free, high-speed Wi-Fi

DINGLE PENINSULA HOTEL, DINGLE PENINSULA
The Dingle peninsula Hotel offers the true West Kerry experience. A modern, classic hotel incorporating comfort and class with a traditional Irish country pub where you will meet the West Kerry locals and absorb Irish hospitality at its finest.

Just 15 minutes drive from Dingle town and bay and 5 minutes from beautiful sandy beaches, with large, comfortable guest rooms. Home style fresh food made from the best local produce and continental tapas for the more adventurous is available seven days a week. A free shuttle bus is happy to drop you off and pick you up from any local destination.

Dingle town is only a short distance offering culture, cuisine and plenty fun. The Blasket Islands are close by and the area has recently been part of the latest Star Wars movie.

Wi-Fi: free

KILLASHEE HOTEL, KILDARE
Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare is located only 30kms from Dublin City and just 2kms outside of Naas town. Set amidst the lush rolling countryside of County Kildare, Killashee is truly a special place. From the Victorian grandeur of the Original House, to the acres of splendid gardens and gloriously wild woodland and trails, there are so many hidden places to explore. A truly enchanted setting, with a wonderfully rich history, that’s just waiting to be discovered. 

The hotel provides 141 bedrooms, a fully equipment gym, Leisure Club & Spa plus much more.

Wi-Fi: free

HOLIDAY INN SOUTH CHESTER, CHESTER
Located just 3 miles from Chester city centre.  Start the day with a hearty buffet breakfast, or grab a Starbucks coffee from the To Go Café. The Spirit Health Club is the perfect place for a weights session or a few laps in the pool, and you can wind down in the sauna. The comfortable bedrooms all have handy USB charging points, quality bedding and bathrooms fitted with power showers or relaxing baths.

Wi-Fi: free

CASTLE GREEN HOTEL KENDAL, LAKE DISTRICT
Located in the charming ‘auld grey town’ of Kendal.  Rooms include a large screen television, complimentary toiletries, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary wi-fi access and extra bedding if you need it.  All guests enjoy complimentary use of Pulse, Health & Fitness.

Wi-Fi: free 

JURYS INN, GLASGOW
Situated on Jamaica Street, A four star hotel in Glasgow is within a ten minute walk of three major stations- Glasgow Central, Queen Street and Argyle Street making it the ideal hotel for transport links within the city centre.  This Glasgow hotel is also a stone’s throw away from a plethora of restaurants and bars, a three minute walk from St Enoch shopping centre and just around the corner from Alston Bar & Beef, the best steak and gin that Glasgow has to offer located beneath Glasgow’s Central Station.

All hotel rooms are with en-suite and come with complimentary toiletries, a flat screen TV, free WiFi, air conditioning and room service available 24 hours. To ensure a comfortable night’s sleep, rooms are equipped with large soft beds, with extra pillows and linen available on request.

Wi-Fi: free  

MUTHU DALMALLY HOTEL, GLENCOE AREA
Commanding breathtaking views from Dalmally village in the heart of Strathorchy the hotel is perfectly situated to make the most of the historical, cultural and natural delights of Argyll and Bute. Step inside and you will discover spacious bedrooms with equally beautiful interiors and all the comforts you need to make your stay with us as relaxing as possible. The conservatory lounge is an impressive focal point and a joy for flower lovers, with foliage and flora sitting and hanging in every corner.  All rooms are en suite with TV, tea-making facilities, hospitality tray, hairdryer, heated towel rails & controllable heating, lift to all floors.

Wi-Fi: free  

GRANT ARMS HOTEL, INVERNESS
In the fine Scottish country town of Grantown on Spey, not far from the famous Spey River, lies the handsome stone built Grant Arms Hotel, which has recently been refurbished and upgraded to offer modern comforts whilst retaining a traditional character. All rooms are en-suite bedrooms with tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hair dryer, colour TV, direct dial phone and free WiFi.

Wi-Fi: free 

JURYS INN, EDINBURGH
Jurys Inn Edinburgh is located on Jeffrey Street in the city’s Old Town, just off the famous Royal Mile. Two minutes away from Waverley station on foot and five minutes from the bus station.  Jurys Inn hotel in Edinburgh has 186 bedrooms and more spacious than you’d expect with well lit, spacious feel is clearly designed around our guests’ comfort.

Wi-Fi: free 

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page. To the best of our ability the correct wi-fi availability status is advised but cannot be guaranteed.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Dublin, Ireland
Depart from:  Edinburgh, Scotland  

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The flight itinerary is provided with your quote.

TRANSFERS
An airport arrival transfer in Dublin and departure transfer in Edinburgh is provided when you purchase your flight as part of your tour package and are travelling on day 1 of the tour and the final day of the tour.
Also, if you opt to travel on the nominated tour flight and arrive one day prior to the tour start date, and have booked your flights with us part of the package we include the airport arrival transfer in Dublin.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this  group experience with a maximum group size of 22 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
Touring is a moderate pace that suits average fitness and above. There are a number of 2 or 3 nights stays throughout the itinerary to create a more relaxed pace.

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

For European touring, often you could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

European touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Daily breakfast the hotel is included and many dinners and a few lunches.  Dining includes hotel restaurants, local restaurants, a few highlight evenings with meals and also some local pub meals (as you’d expect in this part of the world).

TOUR DIRECTOR
This is a private group tour with a professional Blue Badge tour director. and a coach driver. Your tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
Touring is with 29 seater air-conditioned coach. There is also a ferry crossing from Ireland to Wales. Airport transfers may be in smaller vehicles, dependent on the group sizes for any transfer

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Quotes are based on passengers having standard luggage, this is 1 piece of hand luggage and 1 piece of checked luggage. Encounter will advise passengers checked luggage not more than 23kg.

Porterage is not included on this tour and you must be able to manage your own luggage, in and out of hotels, at airports or other transfer points. 

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
The majority or all hotels are expected to offer free wi-fi. 

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone.  SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider). As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guides for Ireland and Scotland on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I was very nervous as this was my first solo tour & my first time to the UK. I was put to ease at the pre dinner welcome drinks upon meeting my fellow travellers,tour director & coach driver. I had the time of my life & was kept on the go all the time. The knowledge the Tour Director gave prior to & at the destination was invaluable & increased the overall experience. I would recommend a solo tour to anybody considering one. I have made some life long friends along the way. So get out there and do it!'

Sandy, 51 yrs, Brisbane, QLD

'A wonderful trip and exquisite memories! Being with a great bunch of people from breakfast to bedtime; experiencing the beautiful midnight sunset over a loch on the Isle of Skye; taking a trip down memory lane on a steam train with a special friend; finding a hidden gem at a sparkling lake in Connemarra; drinking guinness with friends on a ferry to Ireland; enjoying laughter and fun at a Scottish show; pondering on a battlefield in Scotland; getting soaked in the rain on a magnificent lake in Windemere; hanging upside-down kissing the Blarney stone; wonderstruck by awe inspiring worn stone steps; praying at a cathedral in Liverpool; finding my heritage in Britain's rich history.'

Linda, A young at heart 60-ish, Syney, NSW

'This was well organised tour and I had a great time, seeing and experiencing a lot of different places and cultures in a relatively short space of time.'

Michael, 52 years, Bunbury, WA
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