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United Kingdom and Ireland Coach and Cruise

Tour departs: 5 August 2018
Tour length: 27 Days

For 2017 we are repeating this wonderful itinerary of England and combined it with a brand new cruise.  We know you will love it!

Overview

Tour Departs: 5 August 2018.

Tour Length:  27 Days.

For 2018 we have given this tour a new look. The itinerary combines both coach touring and cruising. Our starting point is the great city of London, a city immersed in history yet full of innovation and diversity, before we travel to the southwest of England and the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Waiting for us is breath-taking scenery featuring a magnificent coastline, idyllic fishing villages, desolate moorland and so much more.  We continue our journey into the heart of England visiting the historic city of Bath before touring the Cotswold region where nature seems to be displayed at its very best – lush rolling hills, quaint villages, bustling market towns, and gently flowing rivers. Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the university city of Oxford are on our itinerary before we start the next stage of the tour.

All aboard the magnificent “Royal Princess” for a 12-night cruise showcasing the British Isles and Ireland. Unpack your bags for a wonderful exploration in absolute comfort.

 

Highlights:

  • London, the “grand old lady” – there is just something special about the place, no matter how many times you may have visited. A special included treat is a luncheon cruise on the River Thames as part of our full day of touring.
  • Enjoy 9 days touring Devon and Cornwall as well as the historic city of Bath, the Cotswolds and Oxford. Wonderful coastal scenery contrasting with the lush rolling rural landscapes. Plymouth, Penzance, Lands End, St Ives, Glastonbury, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford.
  • Special Highlight – a visit to the “Eden Project” where the largest greenhouses in the world have been built to create tropical, temperate and desert-like environments
  • Special Highlight Meal – we enjoy lunch at Rick Stein’s signature restaurant, The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow
  • 12 night cruise of the British Isles & Ireland with a choice of Inside or Balcony Staterooms.

 

Itinerary

Sunday 05 August      

Home – Hong Kong

Time this morning for connecting flights before the early afternoon flight to Hong Kong.  On arrival into Hong Kong early this evening, we are met and transferred to our hotel for an overnight stay.


Monday 06 August

Hong Kong (B, D)

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hong Kong Island. We take the tram to Victoria Peak for panoramic views over Hong Kong. Then visit Repulse Bay and the fishing village of Aberdeen for a short cruise around the harbour by sampan. We conclude with a visit to Stanley Markets. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening, we get together for a Chinese banquet dinner.


Tuesday 07 August

Hong Kong – London (B, D)

Early this morning, we transfer back to Hong Kong Airport in time to report for our daylight flight to London. On arrival into Heathrow Airport mid-afternoon (local time), we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 2 night stay. This evening, we enjoy dinner together at the hotel.


Wednesday 08 August

London (B, L)

You may have been to London before, but let’s refresh your memory with a full day sightseeing around the ‘grand old lady’.  We view many of the sights for which London is famous – Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square to name but a few. And to break the day we enjoy a luncheon cruise on the River Thames where we see a different view of the city from the water.


Thursday 09 August

London – Newquay, Cornwall (B, D)

This morning, we depart London for a delightful 9 days of touring through the south and west of England and travel to the Salisbury Plains. We visit Salisbury Cathedral dating back to the 13th century. For over 700 years, this majestic and awe inspiring edifice built in stone and glass to reflect the glory of God has been a setting for magnificent occasions and processions. We then skirt the edge of Dartmoor National Park as we drive to the town of Newquay, a delightful Cornish seaside town located on the Atlantic coast, for a 3 night stay.


Friday 10 August

Newquay – Cornwall Excursion (B, D)

From Newquay, we explore the Cornish Peninsula enjoying stunning coastal views on a scenic drive to Penzance where we view St Michael’s Mount. Down to Land’s End, one of England’s most famous landmarks and a place of stunning natural beauty, before we reach the picturesque village and artist colony of St Ives on the Atlantic Coast. We return to Newquay later this afternoon.  


  

Saturday 11 August

Newquay – Padstow Excursion (B, L)

Something different again today. Our first visit today is to the Eden Project located near the village of St Austell. Its giant biomes – the largest greenhouses in the world – have become one of Cornwall’s most celebrated landmarks. Tropical, temperate and desert environments have been recreated inside the biomes, so a single visit can carry you from the steaming rainforests of South America to the dry deserts of Northern Africa. Afterwards, our next visit is to the olde world fishing port of Padstow on the North Cornish coast. Here, we enjoy a very special luncheon at Rick Stein’s original and signature restaurant, “The Seafood Restaurant” established way back in 1975.

NB: We are unable to confirm the restaurant booking until late December so if The Seafood Restaurant is unavailable, a suitable alternative will be booked.


Sunday 12 August

Newquay – Glastonbury – Bath (B,D)

Leaving Newquay, we travel across Dartmoor National Park to Princetown, home to the infamous prison originally built to house the captives from the Napoleonic wars. Then to Glastonbury with a history all of its own but more recently famous for its 5 day music festival . Next up is the “city” of Wells with its magnificent cathedral and moated Bishop’s palace. Medieval buildings and cobbled streets  radiate out to the main marketplace which has been the bustling heart of the city for nine centuries. And finally to our overnight stay at the Roman city of Bath


Monday 13 August

Bath – Cotswolds – Stratford-Upon-Avon (B,D)

Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site and certainly one of the most interesting cities in the UK with a history dating back to Roman times.  We spend the morning exploring the city and visit the restored Roman baths and the 15th century Abbey. Other highlights include the Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge. This afternoon, we drive north through the gentle rolling hill country of the Cotswold region. We pass through the market town of Cirencester and places with such interesting names as Bourton-On-Water, Stow-On- Wold and Moreton-On-Marsh. It is a beautiful part of England. Our destination today is Stratford-Upon-Avon where we stay for 2 nights.


Tuesday 14 August

Stratford-Upon-Avon (B)

The town is known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, perhaps the world’s greatest ever playwright. During our morning tour we will visit many of the places of interest including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Halls Croft, Holy Trinity Church where the “bard” is buried along with his wife, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage where Anne was raised as a child. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the town.  Maybe later, you may wish to enjoy some Shakespearean Theatre at the RSC.


 Wednesday 15 August

Stratford-Upon-Avon – Oxford (B,D)

Leaving Stratford, we travel to the town of Woodstock for a visit to one of the most impressive of all English palaces and estates, Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. It is a truly remarkable masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture and sits among more than 2000 acres of extraordinary landscaped parkland and formal gardens designed by “Capability Brown”. Keeping with today’s aristocratic theme, we will also try to schedule a stop at the town of Bampton where many of the outdoor scenes of “Downtown Abbey” were filmed.  Our home for the next 2 nights is the ancient university city of Oxford


Thursday 16 August

Oxford (B)

Oxford University has a history of teaching that dates back to the 11th century making it the oldest university in the English speaking world. This morning, we enjoy a walking tour of the university area during which we learn about the collegiate system which is unique to Oxford and Cambridge. We visit Christ Church College, affectionately known as “the house” and originally founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1529. Even today, its operation is a combination of church and college and boasts an internationally renowned cathedral choir as well as an important collection of Old Masters paintings. The remainder of the day is free. Maybe stroll the streets and lanes which have been brought to life in our living rooms through the television series of “Morse” and “Lewis”.


Friday 17 August

Oxford – Southampton (B,D)

Late this morning, we transfer by coach to the port of Southampton where we join our floating home for the next 12 nights, the magnificent “Royal Princess”. Our ship departs at 5.00pm.


 Saturday 18 August

Guernsey, England (B,L,D)

The British isle of Guernsey lies just eight miles off the coast of France. The second largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey possesses a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and a peaceful, unspoiled ambience. Once the haunt of sea dogs and pirates, St. Peter Port is one of the prettiest harbours in Europe. Castles and forts dot the Guernsey coastline, including German fortifications from World War II. The Channel Islands were the only part of the United Kingdom to be occupied by the Nazis. The ship arrives at 6:00am and departs at 5:00pm.


Sunday 19 August

Cork, Ireland (B,L,D)

Founded in the 7th century by St. Fin Barre, Cork is your gateway to romantic Ireland. Stroll down narrow country lanes or see the Lakes of Killarney. The intrepid visitor may scale the narrow passages of Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. The region around Cork is also home to one of the densest concentration of prehistoric monuments in Western Europe. In a land where fable and fact blend to become folklore, it was near Cork that the great Tuatha De Danaan, a race with magical powers, was driven underground by the conquering Celts. Cobh where we dock was the single most important port of emigration from Ireland. The ship arrives at 9:00am and departs at 7:00pm.


Monday 20 August

Dublin, Ireland (B,L,D)

Dublin possesses a fascinating history. A settlement has existed on the banks of the River Liffey for at least a millennium and a half. Succeeding waves of Gaelic, Viking, Norman and English invaders have left their mark on the city. Today, this gracious and cosmopolitan city is one of Europe’s premier destinations. The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is an intimate place that is easy to explore. Stroll past St. Stephen’s Green or survey the gray, stone façades of Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university. The ship arrives at 8:00am.


Tuesday 21 August

Dublin, Ireland (B,L,D)

Another day to explore the sights of Dublin. The ship departs at 9:00pm


Wednesday 22 August

Glasgow, Scotland (B,L,D)

Glasgow was Scotland’s great industrial centre during the 19th century. Today, the city remains the commercial and cultural capital of the Lowlands. Lying on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow boasts some of the finest Victorian architecture in the entire United Kingdom, including the stately City Chambers. Elegant Princes Square offers excellent shopping, and among the host of museums and galleries, the Burrell Collection features a superb treasure trove of paintings and art objects. The ship arrives at 8:00am and departs at 2:00am the following morning.


 Thursday 23 August

Belfast, Northern Ireland (B,L,D)

The capital of Northern Ireland – part of the United Kingdom – Belfast has experienced a renaissance since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 that promised an end to the decades-old “Troubles” between Catholics and Protestants. Stretching along both sides of the River Lagan, this graceful city of Victorian and Edwardian buildings has become a cosmopolitan tourist destination. Belfast was an industrial giant in the 19th century, famed for its linen and its shipyards. Explore this exuberant city, marvel at the Giant’s Causeway or shop for superb Irish linens.  The ship arrives at 10:00am and departs at 10:00pm.


 Friday 24 August

At Sea (B,L,D)

A free day for you to enjoy the ship’s facilities.


Saturday 25 August

Invergordon, Scotland (B,L,D)

Invergordon lies in a particularly beautiful part of the Highlands of Scotland. The village lies near the head of a Fjord on an arm of the North Sea, and is surrounded by mountains and gentle rolling farmland.  Take in the local sights such as Cawdor or Dunrobin Castle, venture out to Glen Affric, an area in the Heart of the Highlands containing one of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland, or simply wander and enjoy the outstanding beauty of the area. The ship arrives at 7:00am and departs at 6:00pm.


Sunday 26 August

Edinburgh, Scotland (B,L,D)

South Queensferry is the gateway to Edinburgh, the political, commercial and cultural heart of Scotland. Nestled between the Highlands and the Border Hills, Edinburgh is a gracious city noted for its superb skyline, its impressive collection of architecture and its beautiful parks. The streets of the elegant New Town are lined with graceful Georgian buildings, many designed by the great architect Robert Adam. Edinburgh has also exerted a tremendous cultural force on Europe and the English-speaking world. The International Festival has been one of the premier European cultural events for over half a century. Among those who have called the city home are the writers, Robert Burns, James Boswell, and Sir Walter Scott and the philosophers, Adam Smith and David Hume. To stroll the streets of Edinburgh is to experience one of the world’s great cities. The ship arrives at 7:00am and departs at 7:00pm.


Monday 27 August

At Sea (B,L,D)

Another day to rest up and relax on board.


Tuesday 28 August

Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), France (B,L,D)

Perhaps no other place in France holds more associations for English-speaking visitors than Normandy. The historic Allied landings on D-Day – 6 June, 1944 – live on in the memories of many. The port was nearly completely destroyed during the Normandy campaign. Today, Le Havre is France’s second largest port and the gateway to Paris, “City of Light,” the Norman countryside, and the historic landing beaches. Travelers usually head for the historic landing sites or to Paris. Le Havre was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005. The Musee des Beaux Arts Andre Malraux boasts one of the finest collections of Impressionist paintings in the world. The ship arrives at 7:00am and departs at 8:00pm.


Wednesday 29 August

Southampton – Hong Kong (B)

Our wonderful cruise comes to an end this morning when we dock at Southampton.  We are transferred back to London’s Heathrow Airport in time to join our flight departing for Hong Kong around midday. If you would like to stay on in Europe and return home later please let us know and we can assist with your travel plans.


Thursday 30 August

Hong Kong – Home

We arrive into Hong Kong early this morning. For the day’s stay in Hong Kong, accommodation is reserved at a hotel which is connected to the airport by a walkway. Early this afternoon or evening, it is time to return to the airport and report for your overnight homeward flight:


 Friday 31 August

Home

The tour concludes with arrival home mid-morning.


 

 

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Prices

Tour Costs

Sharing Twin or Double Room & Inside Stateroom: $14,995
Supplement for Single Room /Inside Stateroom: $4,750

 

Sharing Twin or Double Room & Balcony Stateroom: $16,250
Supplement for Single Room /Balcony Stateroom: $5,900

Tour Costs Include
  • Economy class air travel from the tours international departure point – additional cost to upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class available on request.
  • All prepaid airline fees/fuel surcharges/government taxes/security charges as known at September 2017.
  • First Class or Superior Grade accommodation throughout.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Tips and gratuities to coach driver, guides and cruise staff.
  • Baggage handling of one piece per person.
  • Local guides.
  • Services of our own Maher Tours Leader.

 

Costs Exclude
  • Shore excursions available on cruise.
  • Any meals and sightseeing not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance (advice and assistance supplied if required).
  • Items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, drinks, telephone charges etc.

This was our first time travelling with Maher Tours.  Conducted tours are not normally our thing, but we have now changed our mind. Everything was taken care of and the trip was trouble free.  We would certainly travel with Maher Tours again, and fully recommend them.

D & J Pyle.

 

We have always enjoyed travelling with Maher Tours – everything is well organised for you, so you can just relax and enjoy.

I & P

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