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The Best of England and Ireland

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Fly into: London Fly out of: Shannon
Total Duration: 14 days

Beginning in London, this trip highlights some of the quintessential attractions and cities in both England and Ireland. You'll see treasures ancient and new, from the Tower of London and the Roman spas at Bath to the Book of Kells and one of Ireland's liveliest cities.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • History
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
Days 1-3
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1 London

Old and New

  • Take a trip back in time by exploring the treasures at the British Museum
  • Visit Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for centuries
  • See how the modern monarchy live at Buckingham Palace
  • The Tower of London, a turreted mini-city, is majestic and idiosyncratic
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • History
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Days 4-5
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2 Salisbury

Cathedrals and Stones

  • Salisbury Cathedral is justly famous; it's also home to one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta
  • Visit evocative Stonehenge, the most important prehistoric structure in Europe
  • Learn about Stonehenge and the region at the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
  • History
  • Architecture
  • Archaeology
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Days 6-7
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3 Bath

A Roman Spa and Palladian Elegance

  • See the beautiful Number 1 Royal Crescent, part of a row of Palladian Houses designed by John Wood the Younger
  • See the Roman Baths and Pump Room, vivid reminders of how important Bath's hot springs were in past eras
  • Take to the waters, 21st-century style, in the Thermae Bath Spa
  • Architecture
  • History
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Days 8-9
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4 Dublin

Where the Written Word Comes Alive

  • Pay your respects to Dublin's most famous native son, James Joyce
  • Head to Trinity College to see the illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells
  • Soak up the Georgian architecture and the lively dining scene
  • Nightlife
  • Architecture
  • History
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Days 10-11
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5 Cork

Kiss the Stone

  • Cork City is one of the liveliest in Ireland, thanks to its pubs, funky cafés, and music venues
  • Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and be blessed with the gift of gab
  • Visit Kinsale, a picturesque port famed for its fine dining and chic atmosphere. It's known as the St. Tropez of Ireland
  • Nightlife
  • History
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Days 12-14
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6 Killarney

Natural Beauty

  • Savor beautiful vistas on a hike through Killarney National Park
  • Hit the Ring of Kerry, one of Ireland's most scenic drives
  • Enjoy the stunning view when you cross the narrow Gap of Dunloe
  • Natural Beauty
  • Great Drive
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