Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to Ireland:
Day 2 :
Welcome to Ireland!
- Arrive in Killarney:
Begin exploring Killarney, rich in lush parks, glaciers, and forested mountains.
Day 3 :
Ring of Kerry
- Journey around the Ring of Kerry:
From long stretches of sandy beaches to jagged cliffs and lush lakes, this circular drive offers the dramatic scenery for which Ireland is so well known.
Day 4 :
- Visit Blarney Castle:
En route to Dublin, kiss the famous stone at Blarney Castle and see the Rock of Cashel.
LEAP Activity | Out of Ireland
Walk a mile in the shoes of an Irish emigrant. Uncover personal accounts of the circumstances that forced these inhabitants out of the country. Reflect on the feelings you would have felt in their shoes and discover how their departure shaped the history of Ireland.
Day 5 :
- Guided Tour of Dublin:
A local guide shows you the exciting capital of the Emerald Isle, including Trinity College, Phoenix Park and O'Connell Street. View the medieval illustrated Book of Kells in the college's Old Library. Also see the Dublin General Post Office, scene of the Easter Rising of 1916.
Day 6 :
- Explore Caernarfon Castle:
Board a steamer across the Irish Sea to Wales, where you visit Caernarfon Castle, known for its polygonal towers.
- Continue to Chester:
Day 7 :
- Visit Dove Cottage:
On your way to the bonny capital of Scotland, pause in the scenic English Lake District to see Dove Cottage, the poet Wordsworth's home in Grasmere.
- Journey to Edinburgh:
Continue to Edinburgh for an evening ghost walk with a local guide.
Day 8 :
- Discover Edinburgh with a Local Guide:
This morning, see the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, the Georgian New Town and Edinburgh Castle, home of St. Margaret's Chapel and the Scottish crown jewels.
LEAP Activity | Scottish Steps
Learn the art of Scottish dancing at a social gathering, or Ceilidh, (pronounced “Kay-lay”). Dance to live music as an instructor shows you some traditional steps.
Day 9 :
- Explore Stirling Castle:
Today's excursion brings you to Stirling's magnificent castle, perched above a river on a rocky crag.
Day 10 :
- Visit Hadrian's Wall:
Imagine the Roman emperor's troops stationed along the 73-mile wall across northern England as you visit what remains of this immense fortification.
- Tour York Minster:
Continue to York for a walking tour of York Minster to view the largest collection of medieval stained glass in Britain.
Day 11 :
LEAP Activity | Who Rules?
Meet great Britons from history. Debate their merits and contributions to decide who is the greatest of them all!
Day 12 :
- Guided Tour of London:
Join a local guide for a view of England's capital city: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St.Paul's Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, and Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. Your tour ends with the Changing of the Guard (seasonal).
Day 13 :
- Add On: Oxford-Stratford:
Take a walking tour through Oxford University, the oldest university in England and highly regarded as a world leader in academic institutions. Discover the birthplace of poet and playwright William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Day 14 :
Return Home OR Extend Your Stay
- Depart from England:
Board flight home or extend your stay with two extra nights in Paris.
Extend your stay | Paris Extension via Eurostar
Discover a new country. Board the Eurostar and travel under the English Channel to Paris! Bonjour! Explore the city of lights, discovering Paris’s major attractions and developing a taste for Parisian life and culture.