A TASTE OF THE BRITISH ISLES
London to Dublin on Crystal Symphony
DATES : August 17 - 24, 2014 (Days 7) CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,255 Per Person
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Explore Ireland, Wales and Guernsey, and visit Liverpool, famous for its football teams, The Beatles and nightlife.
|Aug 17, Sunday||London/Dover, England »||5 pm|
||For centuries, Dover has been a symbol of England's royal fortitude. The port's legendary White Cliffs have long been a welcomed landmark for seafaring travelers. The solid Dover Castle has faced invasions by Roman, French and even English troops. London's legendary sights, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall and the fashionable West End, lie just 80 miles from historic Dover.|
|Aug 18, Monday||Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands »||7 am||1 pm|
||Charming Guernsey, a mere 25 square miles in size, offers a host of enticing visitor attractions. Although geographically closer to France, it has remained staunchly British through the ages. Today, its diverse culture reflects the best of both worlds. Pastel-colored houses rise layer upon layer behind St. Peter Port, the island's picturesque main town. Beyond, you discover a wealth of activities centering around goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers and clockmakers. Important: Please Read before Booking the Following Tours: Although the best available equipment has been requested, guests should be aware that transport may not be of international standard. Motor coaches are not air-conditioned. Your understanding is appreciated. Guernsey Island Introduction and Goldsmith's Workshop|
|Aug 19, Tuesday||Waterford, Ireland »||8 am||6 pm|
||The port city of Waterford, founded in the 9th century, lies on the banks of the River Suir (pronounced Shure) and is the regional capital of Ireland's southeast. It is the perfect gateway for a host of sightseeing opportunities, from rolling green countryside to traditional villages, castles and abbeys.
During the period of rule by the Norman and the English, this city was a focus for international trading and local development, particularly with regard to the celebrated Waterford Crystal. Although the original Waterford Crystal Factory was closed in 1851, its revival in 1947 has brought a new wave of prosperity to this region. Today, visitors from around the world marvel at the factory's award-winning displays and witness first hand the time-honored skills of glass blowing, cutting and engraving.
|Aug 20, Wednesday||Holyhead, Wales »||8 am||8 pm|
Located in the northwest of Wales on Holy Island, Holyhead might be considered a remote locale. But connecting it to the mainland is the Four Mile Bridge and a causeway, which in turn carries both the A5 road and local rail line. Such routes easily transport travelers to the charming half-timbered town of Chester and to Britain’s primary city, London.
Yet there is much in Holyhead to keep visitors happily engaged right here. At the heart of Holyhead is St. Cybi’s Church, situated inside one of Europe’s only three-walled Roman forts. Indeed, local history stretches back to Roman times and before, with area settlements dating to prehistoric times. Maritime history is revealed in a museum where visitors can learn about the 100 or so shipwrecks that have occurred in the vicinity. Those who are feeling particularly energetic might make the trek to the South Stack Lighthouse, which stands guard over an area popular with birdwatchers.
|Aug 21, Thursday||Liverpool, England »||8 am||6 pm|
||Liverpool grew to greatness in the 18th century, as the riches of the Americas and the West Indies flowed through its docks and marketplaces. (At one point it even had more dock space than London.) Enjoy the Town Hall built in those flourishing years, the Walker Art Gallery, or the delights of the restored Albert Dock, with its classy shops and maritime museum.|
|Aug 22, Friday||Greenock, Scotland »||9 am||11 pm|
||Greenock, a former shipbuilding town on the River Clyde, is noted as the birthplace of James Watt, the engineer who perfected the steam engine. Nearby is the region of Ayrshire, birthplace of Robert Burns, Scotland's most famous poet. Marvel at the dramatic landscape surrounding Greenock, your gateway to fairy-tale castles, glistening lochs, verdant countryside and the compelling city of Glasgow. Whether your interests include art, history, literature or architecture, this port of call offers insight and inspiration to all who visit.|
|Aug 23, Saturday||Oban, Scotland »||9 am||4 pm|
When you visit Oban, Scotland, you might find yourself torn. On the one hand, it is the perfect base for exploring nearby Isle of Mull and the other Western Isles. On the other hand, there is much to do right there in town.
You can rent a bike and ride across the glens, enjoying views across the Firth of Lorn and the Sound of Mull. You can take a look at McCaig's Folly, an unfinished replica of the Roman Colosseum that sits on a hill overlooking the town. Built by banker John Stuart McCaig in 1897, is about four feet tall and has a handsome landscaped courtyard. The locals, taking the structure a little more seriously than some visitors who pass through, call it simply "McCaig's Tower."Other diversions in Oban include shopping for locally-made crafts including glassware, Celtic jewelry, and kilts made with the tartan patterns of nearly every clan in Scotland. Sample oak-smoked herring at MacTavish's Kitchen. For drinks and some local flavor, try the pub at Oban Inn. With its exposed beam ceilings and popularity among town residents, it's full of Scottish atmosphere.
|Aug 24, Sunday||Dublin, Ireland »||8 am|
||The Irish capital, Dublin, enjoys one of the loveliest settings in Europe. Craggy Howth Head shelters the natural harbor at Dublin Bay and the gurgling River Liffey flows through the center of town. The ancient Egyptians, as well as Norman and Viking warriors, visited Dublin. However, the city's most pervasive surviving influences come from the 18th and 19th centuries when elegant Georgian mansions were first built along the river and then outward from its shores. The arts also flourished during this period and Dublin served as the birthplace of some of our greatest literary figures such as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce to name only a few.|