England, Ireland, Scotland
England – London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Scotland – Edinburgh, Ireland – Dublin
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Indulge in a love affair across fascinating cliffs and rolling verdant hills, elegant castles and winding medieval lanes during your personalized romantic tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Charming villages set the scene for an enchanting exploration. Sophisticated cities unravel the layers of their past among honey-colored stone, soaring towers, and hints of powerful monarchs. Fanciful stories capture your passion in the works of Shakespeare. Guinness highlights the essential flavors and...
London – Arrive in the Romance of London’s Charming Neighborhoods
London is a city known for its cosmopolitan culture, rich history, and fast pace. However, the capital of England also has a familiar charm wrapped up in the preserved streets, re-emergence of quality restaurants, and simple hideaways perfect for romancing couples. You will arrive at London Heathrow Airport, where your private transfer greets you after customs. You have a chance to settle into the comforts of your luxury accommodations in the heart of the city before venturing onto the cobbled lanes for an immersive introductory tour of London’s most charming neighborhoods. Primrose Hill is one of London’s more affluent neighborhoods, which overtook a formerly unfettered woodland in the 19th century.
English monarchs used the grounds for hunting parties until the wealthy residents of the city who preferred more space and marvelous views of the city’s skyline made the neighborhood a fantastic place to settle down. Famous residents of the neighborhood include Sylvia Plath, Kate Moss, Dylan Thomas, and Jude Law. You can take a quiet stroll between Camden Town and Primrose Hill, which leads you over the quaint rippling waters of the Grand Union Canal erected in the late 18th century. Boats wade in the water or cruise down the serene waterway as they pass beneath the branches of dangling trees and alongside lavish structures. Upon reaching Primrose Hill, you have a stunning panorama of London’s Financial District, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the soaring Shard building standing 1,017 feet tall.
London – Discover the Charms and Immersive History of London
The doors to The Strand teashop will open in the morning to reveal one of the oldest tearooms in the world. Thomas Twiningred first opened the shop in 1717 as a space to serve an alternative beverage to coffee in an establishment regarded for class, fashion, and impeccable service. The stunning history of London envelopes the streets and the banks of the River Thames as you set out on a tour of the city’s fascinating past and hidden romantic anecdotes.
Westminster Abbey is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in England. The example of Early English Gothic architecture decorates the structure and highlights the year the church was completed in 1300 after construction began in 1190. The interior hosts 17 monarchs, including Henry III, as well as England’s famous nobility like Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, and Sir Isaac Newton. The twin towers that decorate the face reach over 226 feet tall. The interior echoes with your footsteps as you arrive at Poet’s Corner in the northern transept.
The tombstone of William Gladstone, as well as monuments to writers like Sir Walter Scott, Geoffrey Chaucer, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and William Shakespeare, connote a romantic ambiance in the elaborate depths of the abbey. Along the Thames, you visit the Globe Theatre, a replica of Shakespeare’s original playhouse erected in 1613. You can easily imagine the romances of Shakespeare taking place on stage as the actors portray Twelfth Night and As You Like It, or the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet.
London – Relish Exploring the Beauty of London’s Museums and Parks
The beauty of the British Museum encapsulates the intrigue of London, the mysteries of England, and the vast expanse of the former British Empire. This morning you will meet your guide in front of the entrance where the neoclassical pillars are both welcoming and daunting. The museum was founded in 1753 and hosts 13 million artifacts depicting the antiquity of Assyria, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, the Roman Empire, Asia, China, and the greater European continent. It is easy to get lost in the history of England as a former global power while you view the breathtaking collection in the 94 galleries that span 807,000 square feet.
The Rosetta Stone dates back 195 BC and contains rules of law in three languages, which allowed archeologists to crack the code of Egyptian hieroglyphics in the 18th and 19th centuries. French soldiers discovered the stone in 1799 before the British acquired the stone and other antiquities during the Treaty of Alexandria. The fascinating stone remains an important staple of understanding the past. It also symbolizes the importance of communication throughout the world, between different cultures and couples. After the British Museum, you will continue to the iconic lanes of Hyde Park, one of the largest parks in London. The green space was created in the 17th century, and it encompasses 350 acres of manicured lawns, blossoming flowers, and decorative statues. Couples rent paddle boats and traverse the stoic waters of Serpentine Lake or relax on a bench with a view, a pastry, and the tranquil sounds of the park absent of London’s bustle.
Cotswolds – Enjoy Daylesford Farmshop and Bourton-On-The-Water
In the morning, the aroma of herbaceous black tea fills the dining room of your hotel. The scent fades beneath the smell of buttery scones accompanied by berry jam. Your private transfer will greet you at the hotel and escort you to undulating greenery and villages tangled with thatched-roof cottages that decorate the romantic countryside known as the Cotswolds. The wealth of the region dates back to the medieval wool trade, which accounts for the scattered herds of sheep grazing on the lush grassland. The scenery and quiet cottages embody the timeless and treasured English countryside that hosts 102 miles of crisscrossing trails.
You will stop at Daylesford Farmshop, a staple of the sustainable organic farm movement in the region. The footstalls hold gleaming produce and organic treats. The café fills with the scent of spice fruits and rich cheeses. The menu changes each month depending on the type of goods grown during the season. You continue to the town of Bourton-On-The-Water, an idyllic village with houses that shine with honey-colored stones and trickling sounds that emanate from the rushing waters of the River Windrush. The five low-arched stone bridges were erected between the 17th and 20th centuries. A section of St. Lawrence, Church of England was erected in the 14th century with modifications made between the 18th and 19th centuries. The quaint ambiance welcomes you to the historic village with foundations that date back to the Neolithic period around 4000 BC.
Cotswolds – Stratford-upon-Avon, Chippin Campden, and Lavender Fields
In the morning you will travel to the gorgeous town of Stratford-upon-Avon for more insight into the life of William Shakespeare. You feel the urge to quote some of the most famous lines ever uttered in the English language within the town Shakespeare was born. A tearoom dedicated to the poet and playwright highlights how the work and life of Shakespeare stands at the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. Locals row boats along the River Avon near the arches of Clopton Bridge.
You can stroll by Shakespeare’s birthplace where he also spent the first five years of his married life. The contemporary façade gives way to a restored Tudor interior with rooms hosting live presentations and interactive Shakespearean characters. The town of Chipping Campden retains a sense of medieval charm in the preserved curving main street and picturesque stone cottages. Terraced homes neighbor ancient inns with traditional honey-colored stone while the southwest corner of the village center hosts attractive thatched-roof cottages unspoiled with time.
Market Hall was erected in the 17th century as a place for farmers to sell their dairy. Simple arches, stone floors, and gabled, timber roofs reflect the history of the marketplace. You continue to gorgeous lavender fields of Cotswold planted in the year 2000 and encompassing 53 acres of landscape. The essential oils extracted from the lush fields are sold throughout the United Kingdom but the scent of fresh lavender, as well as how the 70 miles of rows of purple flowers contrast the surrounding verdant hills, makes it one of the most romantic destinations in the country.
Edinburgh – Fly from Birmingham to Edinburgh for a Medieval City Tour
The medieval streets of Edinburgh beg for discovery. A romantic ambiance emanates from the historic buildings and narrow, cobbled lanes. The marvelous stone structure of St. Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest surviving building in the city. The Romanesque architecture dates back to the 12th century and is located inside the grounds of the city’s famous castle complex. Edinburgh Castle crowns Castle Rock at a prominence of 260 feet above the city. The property will provide you with marvelous panoramic views while you stand at the center of the city’s radiant skyline. A stronghold has stood on the plateau since the 2nd century AD with the foundations of Edinburgh Castle dating back to the reign of David I in the 12th century.
Your guide will lead you through the majestic ambiance of the castle grounds until you reach the former private chapel of King David I dedicated to his mother. By the 16th century, the former chapel stored gunpowder. You continue to David’s Tower and the surrounding Half Moon Battery erected in the 16th century. The original tower was documented as reaching 49 feet tall before the Lang Siege. The stunning complex brings to life the history of royals, knights, and courtly manners most prominent in the Great Hall, a room measuring 95 feet by 41 feet with stone corbels carved during the Renaissance.
Edinburgh – Spend a Full Day Exploring Fabulous Scottish Castles
The aroma of mouthwatering cakes emanates from the variety of charming tearooms scattered across the historic city center of Edinburgh. The scent accompanies the unique blend of fragrant teas steeping in hot water in the morning. You will set out into the spirited countryside outside of Edinburgh to discover the grandeur, beauty, and charm of historic castles adorning Scotland. The marvelous honey-colored stone of Stirling Castle reflects the essence of 12th-century strongholds and the powerful hold aristocratic families played throughout Scottish history. The castle was the site of two major battle victories in the 14th century, one led by Robert the Bruce and the other led by William Wallace.
A monument to Wallace towers over the castle on the hillside outside of town. The castle has a more immersive atmosphere that comes from its significant history. The current form of the castle was erected between the 14th and 16th centuries as the residence of the Stuart monarchs. The King’s Chamber contains the Stirling Heads, a series of 16th-century oak medallions depicting images of nobility, Roman emperors, characters from the bible, and Classic mythology. The tablets originally decorated the ceilings of the palace until they collapsed in the 18th century.
Dublin – Fly to Dublin for a Romantic Walking Tour Guinness Visit
The scent of black Scottish breakfast tea fills the dining room at breakfast amid the traditional aromas of a complete Scottish breakfast. The traditional fare includes orange juice, porridge, toast, and a plate of fried eggs, beans, sautéed tomatoes, mushrooms, sausage links, potato, and black pudding. Your private transfer will greet you in the hotel lobby after the meal and escort you to Edinburgh Airport for your brief flight to Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. The layers of historic mysteries date back to the 9th century with traces of Vikings and the 18th-century architecture connects to handsome Georgian buildings.
The personality of Dublin will welcome you with a vibrant, romantic ambiance that emanates from the River Liffey. Your guide leads you onto the serene grounds of Trinity College. The complex founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 encompasses 40 acres. Cobbled square and gardens retain a sense of quintessential charm leading to the 18th century Long Room, a library gallery containing 200,000 rare volumes. Continue to the attractive entrance of the Guinness Storehouse, which overtakes seven floors.
The storehouse was the original location of the fermentation plant erected in 1902. You learn about the history of beer within the interactive multi-media exhibits and find the aroma of barley prevalent throughout the gallery. A copy of the lease signed by Arthur Guinness shows the 9,000-year-long contract. At the end of the exhibition, you sit and enjoy a pint as a couple to find the layered notes and creamy texture of Guinness after a traditional double pour.
Dublin – Embrace the Irish Scenery at the Cliffs of Moher and Newgrange
The buskers return to the cobbles of Grafton Street and turn the morning air electric with music amid the aroma of fresh flowers. You set out early with your guide across the emerald countryside to reach the western coast at the Cliffs of Moher. The length of the soaring coastline runs for approximately nine miles ranging from 390 to 702 feet above sea level. The trail offers spectacular views over the cobalt waters leading to the Aran Islands, as well as the Twelve Pins mountains.
The sunlight glints against the Namurian shale and sandstone soil to create the sheer slopes plunging into the sea. Atlantic puffins and 19 other species of birds, nest in the nooks and along the pebbled shoreline. Grey seals, dolphins, and minke whales often surf in the calmer waters in the distance. You spot a puffin diving into the water in search of fish. Their white chest and black plumage look similar to a penguin. They can dive up to nearly 197 feet deep in the water using their height in the sky to propel them faster and farther into the sea while they look for fish.
On the return journey to Dublin, you stop at Newgrange, a 5,200-year-old passage tomb. The mound reaches 279 feet in diameter with a height of 45 feet. Then, 97 large stones known as Kerbstones populate the surrounding acre of land decorated with images of megalithic art. The Neolithic structure is older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. The site is more than a tomb as it represents an ancient temple with astrological, spiritual, ceremonial, and religious significance.
Dublin – Depart for Home
The doors to the Dublin City Gallery open in the morning to offer you access to world-class art. This simple collection is located inside a gallery that dates back to the 18th century. Contemporary art, accompanied by a smattering of classic Impressionists, decorates the galleries and the Francis Bacon Studio exhibit. The exhibit features 80,000 items that showcase the madness of the famous 20th-century British painter. After a complete breakfast, your private transfer will greet you in the hotel lobby and escort you to Dublin International Airport for your flight home. This will bring an end to your romance in England, Scotland, and Ireland. You could extend your passionate exploration into mainland Europe by visiting France or Italy.
- Embrace the majestic ambiance and romantic spirit of the Cotswolds in England, a collection of charming villages and lush rolling hills
- Indulge in the quaint panoramas overlooking London from the slopes of Primrose Hill, an affluent neighborhood home to famous actors and authors
- Stroll hand-in-hand through the grandeur of Scottish palaces inside the remarkable halls and prestigious art of Stirling Castle
- Witness the magic of nature and the vast views overlooking Ireland’s west coast on the romantic plateau atop the towering Cliffs of Moher
- Learn the art and importance of communication when touring the British Museum after you find the ultimate translator’s tool in the Rosetta Stone
- Enjoy the fascinating medieval atmosphere of Edinburgh, which encompasses cosmopolitan charm blended with a history of gallant knights
- Discover the marvels of Newgrange, an ancient temple with a history older than England’s Stonehenge and Egypt’s Great Pyramids
- Relish the romantic words, passionate rhythms, and amorous tales of Shakespeare when visiting Stratford-upon-Avon
Let romance lead the way during a fascinating 10-day tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland filled with a superb collection of quaint villages and fascinating castles. Old-World charm meets the luxuries of world-class accommodations to blend the cosmopolitan chic of London with quiet seclusion of Cotswold villages, the medieval views of Edinburgh and Georgian allure of Dublin. Whether on a honeymoon or a romantic getaway for two, the beauty of your tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland will represent the splendor of true romantics.
Your journey will begin in London, where you settle quickly into the comforts of your hotel. Your time in the English capital features the fast-pace of city life amid the village-like charms spread across the different neighborhoods. Enjoy lavish vistas, serene teashops, and sensational history found in Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and the home of Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre. Stroll through the lavish galleries of the British Museum in search of artifacts that showcase various cultures’ pasts, including the Rosetta Stone. Then, quietly wander the trails of Hyde Park, London’s largest park.
The villages collectively known as the Cotswolds welcome you as they harbor the quintessential charisma of the British countryside with thatched-roof cottages and serene rivers. Visit a farm known for spearheading the sustainable, organic movement in the region and wander a hedge-maze in the cozy ambiance of Bourton-on-the-Water. Celebrate the inspiring words of Shakespeare when you visit his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy the soothing aroma of lavender emanating from lavish, vast fields.
The city of Edinburgh will be your home in Scotland. Embrace the stunning medieval streets of the historical center that lead to the stunning complex of Edinburgh Castle. Antique stores connect the castle gates to the luxurious entryway to Holyrood Palace. On the outskirts of the city, you will have an immersive tour of the sublime countryside of Scotland. Visit a curated selection of elaborate aristocratic castles including Sterling and Rosslyn castle before returning to the sensational ambiance of Edinburgh.
Dublin, Ireland hosts your final leg of the romantic journey that leads you from the United Kingdom to the Emerald Isle. Spend time in Dublin learning the ancient history and fascinating culture on display at Trinity College. Learn about the mischievous Irish author, Oscar Wilde, and sip a true pint of Guinness after a factory tour. On the outskirts of Dublin, you will cross the shimmering hills and fields to visit the fascinating Cliffs of Moher and captivating ancient temple at Newgrange.
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