Dublin & London... Oh, my!
Day 1 - Monday April 9
Meet in Dublin, wander around and see the town.
- InterContinental Dublin (3 nightsif possible?)
Day 2 - Tuesday April 10
Dublin (Day Trip but back by night)
- Pick up from your accommodation
- Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre and Newgrange.
- Monasterboice - Early Christian site with round tower and 10th century high crosses.
- Hill of Tara – Seat of the High Kings of Ireland.
- Bective Abbey - Cistercian Abbey founded in 1150.
- Trim Castle - the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.
Day 3 - Wednesday April 11
Day Trip to Dalkey. It's a one hour train ride from Dublin. A seaside town south of the city, Dalkey’s rich history is front and centre, with a 10th century church and two Norman castles right on the main street there's lots of things to do.
Day 4 - Thursday April 12
AM Train from Dublin to Galway. Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls.
Day 5 - Friday April 13
AM Flight from Galway to London. Ideally we could stay at one of Jovan's Hotels.
Day 6 - Saturday April 14
Sites of London. Buckingham palace, Big Ben, Tower of London. (details TBD)
Day 7 - Sunday April 15
Day Trip to Stonehenge and Bath
After seeing Stonehenge, continue to nearby Lacock: a quaint village dating to the 13th century. Stretch your legs on a guided walk around the pretty lanes, and see some of the locations used in the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and TV adaptation of 18th-century writer Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Afterward, savor a hearty breakfast (own expense) at The George Inn, Lacock’s 14th-century pub, before venturing to the beautiful, UNESCO-listed city of Bath, famous for its Roman spa and Georgian architecture. Tour the well-preserved Roman Baths, built over natural hot springs; visit Bath Abbey, and learn about Jane Austen’s connections to the city. If you wish, follow your guide to see where 19th-century author, Charles Dickens, once lived, and call at a dairy to taste some local cheese. Alternatively, use some free time to perhaps shop for gifts or view Bath’s highlights on your own.
Day 8 - Monday April 16
More Sites of London. Maybe the National Portrait gallery to see all the lovely portraits of Queen Elizbeth I. TBD