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ENGLAND | NORTHERN IRELAND | SCOTLAND | WALES


Lerwick Shetland Islands

Orkney Isles Kirkwall

John O’Groats

Thurso

Durness

North Sea

Stornoway Isle of Lewis & Harris Ullapool

Portree Isle of Skye

Nairn Culloden Inverness

Loch Ness

Kyleakin

Aberdeen

SCOTLAND Fort William Pitlochry

Glencoe Atlantic Ocean

Isle of Mull Isle of Iona

Oban

St Andrews Loch Lomond

Edinburgh

Glasgow Isle of Islay

Berwick-upon-Tweed Isle of Arran

Gretna Greens

Giant’s Causeway

Derry

Newcastle

Dumfries

Cairnryan

Letterkenny Grasmere

NORTHERN IRELAND Belfast

Donegal

Lake District

Windermere

Sligo

Isle of Man

ENGLAND

Manchester

IRELAND

Dublin Kildare

Cliffs of Moher

Adare

Limerick

Dingle

Conwy Nottingham

Caernarfon

Wicklow

Snowdonia

Kilkenny

Waterford

Tralee

Liverpool

Holyhead

Galway

Bunratty

Leeds

Drogheda

Cliffden

Aran Islands

York

Irish Sea

Knock

Westport

WALES

Norwich

Birmingham

Aberystwyth Wye Valley

Rosslare

Stratford-upon-Avon

Fishguard

Killarney Cork

Cobh

Cheltenham

Brecon Beacons

Pembrokeshire Swansea

Cambridge

Cardiff

Bristol Bath

Glastonbury

London

Oxford Windsor Stonehenge

Dover

Somerset Brighton

Dartmoor Port Isaac

Isle of Wight Plymouth

St Ives Penzance

Falmouth

English Channel


WELCOME TO BRITAIN & IRELAND This year we have expanded our product range to include even more choice in selfdrive, rail, small group and coach tour itineraries so we are guaranteed to find something to best suit you. Start in London and choose from our new selection of Tempo Exclusive value add hotels and apartments where longer stays are rewarded with complimentary sightseeing tours. Pick up a car or join a tour to visit our favourite regional hotspots including the rugged north and lakes, golden beaches of the south-west, the historical heart and the Cotswolds or the Garden of England in the south-east. Nature lovers should not miss a trip to Wales, easily accessible by rail from London and often forgotten on the regular tourist itineraries. Scotland features new guaranteed departures for our favourite coach tours and a new self-drive itinerary taking you all the way to the Shetland Islands! Game of Thrones fans will love the sightseeing tours in Ireland, and we recommend a look at Ireland’s Ancient East, where medieval forts and winding rivers meet in a historic region perfect for touring. Small in size and easy to navigate for city breaks or relaxing countryside retreats, Britain & Ireland is the ideal destination.

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Introduction • Contents

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4-15 COACH TOURS Coach Tours

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16-39 ENGLAND Package

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London Experiences

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London • Hotels

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London • Apartments

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London • Sightseeing

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Beyond London Sightseeing

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London • Tickets & Transfers

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London to Europe City Stays

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Regional England • Package

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Northern England • Packages • Hotels

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The West Country • Packages • Hotels

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Heart of England & The Cotswolds • Packages

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South East England • Package • Hotels

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Unique British Accommodation

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of travellers from Australia and New Zealand. • Many destinations feature handpicked hotels reflecting each region’s local character. • Our sightseeings are accompanied by expert local guides. • Travellers enjoy the support of Tempo’s dedicated team of experts in Australia and New Zealand.

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interest in history, religion, archaeology, food, wine plus many others.

Beyond Edinburgh Sightseeing

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Central Scotland • Packages • Hotels • Sightseeing

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The Scottish Isles • Packages • Hotels

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Scottish Castles & Manors

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Dublin • Package • Hotels

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Dublin • Sightseeing

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Beyond Dublin Sightseeing

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Wild Atlantic Way • Package • Hotels

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The Wild West • Packages • Hotels • Sightseeing

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Ireland’s Ancient East • Packages • Sightseeing

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The South West • Packages • Hotels • Sightseeing

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Irish Castles

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COACH TOURS

WHY CHOOSE COACH TOURING: Tempo Holidays is proud to present some of the most affordable and best value tours of Britain and Ireland in the market. For those who prefer to share their experience with others, coach tours allow you to forge strong connections with your fellow travellers as you are led by a local through the best of the region’s countryside and capital cities. This selection is only a sample of the extensive tours on offer – please contact us for more details.

WHY CHOOSE US

TEMPO MUST DO’S: • Take a day tour to the Deserted Village at Achill Island • Sample an Irish coffee • Cross the Irish Sea by ferry • Spend time in the peaceful Inverewe Gardens

VALUE INCLUSIONS Unlike many tour companies, comprehensive sightseeing is included in the price of your tour. Look out for the Value Inclusions listed on each page to show exactly what you are saving during your tour.

Cornwall, England

Operates: Selected Fridays (15 Apr – 14 Oct)

Day 4 York – Edinburgh (310 km) Take a walking tour of central York and visit the stately York Minster, renowned for its beautiful stained glass. Drive north, stopping at Melrose to view the ruins of the abbey before arriving in Edinburgh for a traditional evening of dinner and lively music. (BD) Hotel: Marriott Edinburgh or similar

Inclusions: • 23 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 23 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 17 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person)

Day 5 Edinburgh Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant New Town and the medieval Royal Mile then tour Edinburgh Castle and enjoy panoramic views across the city. On 05 – 19 August departures experience the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland 24D/23N Type: Coach Departs: London Heathrow

Price: From $6372

Day 1 London Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon city tour and visit to St Paul’s Cathedral before meeting your group for a welcome drink and dinner. (D) Hotel: Park Plaza Westminster or similar

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Day 2 London Use your Hop-On Hop-Off bus pass to explore London at your own pace as you alight at multiple stops, take a guided walk and a cruise on the Thames. In the afternoon choose between two royal visits - the Tower of London to view the Crown Jewels, or Kensington Palace, former home of Diana Princess of Wales. (B) Day 3 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York (403 km) Drive north through the picturesque Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and an exhibition of his life and works then continue to the medieval city of York. (BD) Hotel: Marriott York or similar

Day 6 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Pitlochry – Inverness (320 km) Depart for St Andrews and take a walking tour of the popular golfing centre that also holds Scotland’s oldest university and a charming cathedral. Stop in the friendly town of Pitlochry before arriving in Inverness, the gateway to the Highlands. (BD) Hotel: Columba or similar Day 7 Inverness – Loch Ness – Oban (172 km) Enjoy breathtaking views across the Highlands as you drive to Loch Ness for a scenic cruise. Continue along the west coast to the Oban Distillery to witness the traditional craftsmanship of whisky production and to sample a complimentary dram. (BD) Hotel: Caledonian or similar Day 8 Oban – Isle of Mull – Oban (97 km) Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull, one of the Inner Hebrides, to visit Duart Castle, home to the Maclean clan for 400 years. Stop in the colourful coastal town of Tobermory for a brief stroll before returning to Oban for the evening. (BD) Day 9 Oban – Loch Lomond – Belfast (210 km) Drive south through Glencoe alongside Loch Lomond for a short stop in Alloway, the birthplace

of poet Robert Burns. See the cottage, monument and memorial gardens and some of his most important works before taking the ferry to Belfast. (BD) Hotel: Europa or similar Day 10 Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Derry (164 km) Tour the highlights of Belfast admiring the City Hall and impressive Victorian buildings. Drive along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim to the Giant’s Causeway then continue to Derry for the next two nights. (BD) Hotel: Everglades or similar Day 11 Derry – Malin Head – Derry (105 km) Begin the day with a short walking tour along the medieval walls that encircle the old city centre of Derry then drive around the Inishowen Peninsula. Follow the coastline to Malin Head, the most northerly point of the country. (BD) Day 12 Derry – Donegal – Galway (276 km) Journey through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal to tour the 15th century castle. Stop at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W.B Yeats then visit Knock Shrine before arriving in Galway in the afternoon for a walking tour. (BD) Hotel: Galway Bay or similar Day 13 Galway – Connemara – Galway (93 km) Drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara and take a short walking tour of Cong to see the movie locations from ‘The Quiet Man’. Return to Galway for a panoramic drive around the city centre before spending the evening at leisure. (B) Day 14 Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (266 km) Take in the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, rising 214 metres above the foaming Atlantic Ocean. Cross the River Shannon by ferry and drive to picturesque Killarney, stopping on the way at J.B Keane’s Pub in Listowel for tea and scones. (BD) Hotel: Castlerosse or similar

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Book by 15 Jan 2016 and receive a 10% discount on all 2016 Britain & Ireland coach tours (pages 4 – 15).

Donegal, Ireland

Day 15 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (67 km) Drive along the Ring of Kerry to Kenmere to view the gorgeous scenery of the surrounding hills and stop at a local farm to watch traditional sheep herding. Visit the grand 19th century Muckross House and enjoy a casual lunch before spending the evening at leisure. (BL)

Day 20 Conwy – Brecon Beacons – Cardiff (291 km) Travel through Snowdonia National Park to view the dramatic Welsh landscape. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park towards Cardiff for a walking tour and traditional dinner. (BD) Hotel: Maldron or similar

Day 16 Killarney – Waterford (67 km) Travel to Blarney to kiss the famous stone and shop in the Woollen Mills then to the Titanic Experience in Cobh to learn the fate of its local passengers. Reach Waterford in the evening for dinner and a guided walk. (BD) Hotel: Dooley’s or similar

Day 21 Cardiff – Bath – Plymouth (243 km) Drive south to the beautiful Georgian town of Bath to visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room. Continue via Glastonbury to Plymouth, a vibrant waterfront city, in time for dinner. (BD) Hotel: Duke of Cornwall or similar

Day 17 Waterford – Dublin (358 km) Tour the House of Waterford Crystal then visit the Dubrody Famine Ship for insight into the 1840s in Ireland. Arrive in Dublin to dine at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub with lively entertainment. (BD) Hotel: Radisson Blu Royal or similar

Day 22 Plymouth – Cornwall – Plymouth (284 km) Browse around the typical Cornish village of Mevagissey, a fishing town with a colourful history of boat building and smuggling. Drive to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain and view the majestic St Michael’s Mount. (BD)

Day 18 Dublin Enjoy a guided tour of Dublin city centre then walk through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells. (B)

Day 23 Plymouth – Stonehenge – Windsor (347 km) Discover the myths and mysteries surrounding Stonehenge followed by a tour of Windsor Castle. After dinner, wander through the quaint village in which Shakespeare is said to have written many of his famous sonnets. (BD) Hotel: Harte & Garter or similar

Day 19 Dublin – Conwy (183 km) Depart Ireland today by ferry and arrive in north Wales to visit the spectacular Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I. Take a guided walk of the walled town, with its quaint streets and the smallest house in Britain on the waterfront. (BD) Hotel: Quay or similar

Loch Ness

Day 24 Windsor – London (46 km) Your tour ends after breakfast in Windsor. Passengers departing today can join the transfer back to Heathrow airport. (B)

Inverness

SCOTLAND

Oban Isle of Mull Loch Lomond

St Andrews Edinburgh

NORTHERN Giant's IRELAND Causeway

Melrose North Sea

Derry

Donegal

Killarney

Ulster Belfast

IRELAND Galway

York

Irish Sea Dublin

WALES

Conwy ENGLAND

Waterford Brecon Beacons Cobh Cardiff

Stratford-upon-Avon

Plymouth

Short on time? This itinerary can be split into two tours.

Windsor Stonehenge

Cornwall

York, England

London

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COACH TOURS

Cliffs of Moher

• Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Scottish evening, Taylor’s Three Rock dinner & show, Welsh evening • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin & Plymouth • Walking tours of York, St Andrews, Derry, Galway, Waterford, Trinity College, Cong, Conwy, Cardiff & Windsor • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (05 – 19 August) • Loch Ness scenic cruise • Oban Distillery whisky tasting • Irish coffee on Inishowen Peninsula • Sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry • Tea and scones at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel • Entry to St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral, Duart Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Knock Shrine, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Titanic Experience, House of Waterford Crystal, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Conwy Castle, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths and Pump Room, Land’s End, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle

Pitlochry

Atlantic Ocean

Connemara

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Highlights of Britain 15D/14N Type: Coach Departs: London Heathrow Operates: Selected Sun (17 Apr – 23 Oct) Inclusions: • 14 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 14 breakfasts (B), 10 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $4154

Day 1 London – Windsor (16 km) Arrive in Windsor and take a guided tour of Windsor Castle. Meet your fellow travellers over dinner at your hotel before taking a guided walk of the compact town centre. (D) Hotel: Macdonald Windsor or similar Day 2 Windsor – Stonehenge – Plymouth (317 km) Marvel at the prehistoric circle of Stonehenge and look through the new Visitor Centre for a greater understanding of its history. Drive through Salisbury on the way to Plymouth, a vibrant waterfront city set within England’s most glorious countryside. (BD) Hotel: Duke of Cornwall or similar Day 3 Plymouth – Dartmoor National Park – Plymouth (101 km) Drive through the rugged and wild Dartmoor National Park towards Lanhydrock House. Take a tour of this late-Victorian property before returning to Plymouth for time at leisure. (BD) Day 4 Plymouth – Land’s End – Plymouth (291 km) Travel to the picturesque village of Marazion to view the majestic outline of St Michael’s Mount. Continue to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain, for a tour of the open-air Minack Theatre surrounded by exotic gardens. (BD) Day 5 Plymouth – Bath – Cardiff (321 km) Explore Bath today and visit the natural hot springs discovered by the Romans 2000 years ago. Drive on to Cardiff for a brief guided walk, then enjoy some lively Welsh music and entertainment accompanied by dinner. (BD) Hotel: Maldron or similar Day 6 Cardiff – Brecon Beacons – Shrewsbury – Holmes Chapel (257 km) Admire majestic Welsh scenery as you travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park. Stop in Hay-on-Wye, renowned for its second-hand books, and browse around the town centre. Continue the drive north to Shrewsbury for a walking tour with the town crier before arriving in at your hotel near Chester. (BD) Hotel: Cranage Hall, Holmes Chapel or similar Day 7 Holmes Chapel – Conwy – Chester – Holmes Chapel (164 km) Discover North Wales, starting with a visit to a traditional farm followed by a guided walk of the picturesque streets of Conwy to view the smallest house in Britain. Arrive in Chester for a walking tour of its renowned black and white buildings lining the medieval streets then return to your hotel for dinner. (BD)

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Day 8 Holmes Chapel – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (399 km) Drive through the glorious Lake District, stopping in the charming village of Grasmere, the former home of Wordsworth. Pay a visit to the iconic Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green as you cross the border, then arrive in Edinburgh for an evening of traditional Scottish food and entertainment. (BD) Hotel: Village Urban Resort or similar

Cardiff, Wales

Day 9 Edinburgh Join your guide for a city tour along the bustling Princes Street of the Georgian New Town and the medieval Royal Mile towards Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. On 31 July – 14 August departures you will enjoy reserved seating at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B) Day 10 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Edinburgh (151 km) Take a day tour to St Andrews today to view the golf courses, browse in the boutiques of the old town or visit the university. Visit the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral with your guide and return to Edinburgh for an evening at your leisure. (B) Day 11 Edinburgh – Jedburgh – York (302 km) Return to England today stopping briefly at the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Arrive in York and take a guided walk of its narrow medieval streets and admire the stained glass windows of York Minster. In the evening dine in a centuries-old pub with your fellow travellers. (BD) Hotel: Marriott or similar Day 12 York – Whitby – York (159 km) Experience a ride on a vintage locomotive of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and arrive in the charming harbour village of Whitby for a walking tour. Explore the chambers of Castle Howard, the 18th century mansion from the film ‘Brideshead Revisited’, then return to York for dinner. (BD) Day 13 York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London (405 km) Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace on the 400th anniversary of his death and view its impressive exhibition about The Bard’s life and work. After some time to explore the town centre continue to London where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton West End or similar Day 14 London Enjoy a panoramic tour of London to view landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament then walk through the impressive Tower of London. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. (B) Day 15 London Your tour ends after breakfast with a transfer back to Heathrow. (B)

VALUE INCLUSIONS • Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Welsh evening, Scottish evening, historic pub dinner • Tours of Edinburgh & London • Walking tours of Windsor, Cardiff, Shrewsbury, Conwy, Chester, York & Whitby • Sheepdog trials in Llangollen • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (31 Jul – 14 August departures) • Yorkshire Moors Railway • Entry to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lanhydrock House, Land’s End, Minack Theatre, Roman Baths and Pump Room, Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, York Minster, Castle Howard, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Tower of London

St Andrews

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North Sea

Edinburgh Jedburgh

Gretna Green Lake District

Whitby York

Irish Sea Conwy

Holmes Chapel

ENGLAND

Chester

Stratford-upon-Avon

WALES Shrewsbury Brecon Beacons Cardiff Dartmoor National Park Land’s End

London Bath

Windsor Stonehenge

Plymouth

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Highland Dancers, Scotland

Type: Coach Departs: Dublin airport Operates: Selected Mon (25 Apr – 24 Oct) Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $2127

Day 1 Dublin Meet the group transfer from Dublin airport to the impressive castle hotel located just south of the city centre. In the afternoon drive to Dalkey Village for a guided walk and visit the local castle. Then join your tour director for a welcome dinner. (D) Hotel: Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel or similar Day 2 Dublin Take an introductory tour of the city, passing Trinity College, Leinster House and stopping at St Patrick’s Cathedral for an interior visit. Use your Hop-On Hop-Off bus pass to explore independently in the afternoon and choose between visiting the popular Guinness Storehouse or the General Post Office, site of the 1916 Rising. Dinner this evening is at the lively Taylor’s Three Rock Pub. (BD) Day 3 Dublin – Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Ballycastle (319 km) Travel north through the heart of Ireland to Derry for a walking tour with a local guide. Drive along the coast to view the impressive hexagonal columns of the Giant’s Causeway then check in to your hotel in nearby Ballycastle for dinner accompanied by traditional music. (BD) Hotel: Marine or similar Day 4 Ballycastle – Belfast (95 km) Enjoy some traditional Irish hospitality at Sheans Heritage Farm before driving along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim featuring many locations from ‘Game

of Thrones’. Arrive in Belfast for a short panoramic tour then visit the interactive Titanic Belfast museum for insight into the short life of the ill-fated liner. (BD) Hotel: Radisson Blu or similar

VALUE INCLUSIONS • Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner & show, Scottish evening • Walking tours of Dalkey, Derry & St Andrews • Tours of Dublin, Belfast & Edinburgh • Sheans Heritage Farm tea and scones • Blair Athol Distillery tour & tasting • Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off bus pass • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (01 – 22 Aug departures) • Entry to Dalkey Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Pollok House, St Andrews and Edinburgh Castle

Day 5 Belfast – Glasgow – Pitlochry (337 km) Take a short ferry ride to Scotland and explore the 1930s lavish Pollok House on the outskirts of Glasgow. Continue north into the gorgeous Highlands to your historic hotel in Pitlochry where you can stroll through the spacious grounds before sitting down to dinner with the group. (BD) Hotel: Atholl Palace or similar Day 6 Pitlochry – St Andrews – Edinburgh (178 km) Tour the Blair Athol Distillery and sample a wee dram then drive south to St Andrews on the east coast. Take a short walking tour then spend time on your own to view the Cathedral and University. Arrive in Edinburgh in the afternoon and join your fellow travellers for a lively Scottish evening of traditional cuisine and dancing. (BD) Hotel: Marriott Dalmahoy or similar

at leisure. On 01 – 22 August departures enjoy reserved seats at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 7 Edinburgh Discover the highlights of the Scottish capital including the medieval Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle with a local guide. Spend the rest of the day

Day 8 Edinburgh Your tour ends after breakfast where you can join the group transfer back to the airport. (B) Pitlochry St Andrews

Atlantic Ocean

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Giant's Causeway

Ballycastle

Derry

Edinburgh

SCOTLAND Cairnryan

Belfast

NORTHERN IRELAND Irish Sea

ENGLAND

IRELAND

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Irish & Scottish Sampler 8D/7N

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Heart of Wales & England 8D/7N Type: Coach Departs: London Heathrow Operates: Sat (23 Apr – 15 Oct) Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $2477

Day 1 London Arrive into Heathrow airport and take a morning transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a panoramic tour of central London including a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. In the evening join your group for a welcome drink and dinner. (D) Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank or similar Day 2 London Today is yours to explore the city at your own pace by Hop-On Hop-Off bus. Visit either the Tower of London to view the Crown Jewels or the current home of William and Kate, Kensington Palace. (B) Day 3 London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff (292 km) Drive to Stonehenge to learn about its mysterious past then stop in the Georgian town of Bath for a tour of the Roman Baths and Pump Room. Continue to Wales and enjoy a fabulous Welsh banquet for dinner in Cardiff. (BD) Hotel: Maldron or similar

English & Scottish Discovery 8D/7N Type: Coach Departs: London Heathrow Operates: Fri (08 Apr – 21 Oct) Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $2377

Day 1 London Arrive into Heathrow and transfer to your hotel. Take an afternoon tour of the sights including a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral before enjoying a welcome drink and dinner with your travel companions. (D) Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank or similar Day 2 London Explore London at your own pace with your Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket, creating an individual itinerary through the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Coca Cola London Eye. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace before spending the evening at leisure. (B)

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Day 3 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – Liverpool (376 km) Drive through the Cotswolds, a delightfully hilly region with stone houses, to reach Shakespeare’s Birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon. Continue to Liverpool for a guided tour of the sites associated with the ‘Fab Four’. (BD) Hotel: Hilton or similar

Day 4 Cardiff – Brecon Beacons – Snowdonia – Caernarfon (284 km) Following a panoramic tour of Cardiff, visit the impressive Brecon Beacons National Park to admire the countryside that is the backbone of this mostly agricultural economy. Take a narrow-gauge train into Snowdonia then drive on to Caernarfon for the evening. (BD) Hotel: Celtic Royal or similar Day 5 Caernarfon – Conwy – Caernarfon (88 km) Discover North Wales on a journey to the National Slate Museum, passing the highest peak in Wales, Snowdon. Admire Britain’s smallest house in Conwy and its impressive Castle, before returning to Caernarfon for a tour of the massive walls and battlements of the once-royal palace. (BD) Day 6 Caernarfon – Llangollen – Bridgnorth – Stratford-upon-Avon (255 km) Drive back to England today, with stops in the quaint villages of Llangollen and Bridgnorth. In the Shakespearean town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the final stop for the day, you will experience a panoramic tour of The Bard’s birthplace before dinner. (BD) Hotel: The Stratford or similar Day 7 Stratford-upon-Avon – Cotswolds – Oxford – Windsor (165 km) Drive through the gentle hills of the Cotswolds with a visit to Broadway and Oxford. Wander through the historic university city on a tour of the colleges before continuing to Windsor. Marvel at the castle and the State Apartments before enjoying a walking tour with a local guide and a farewell dinner. (BD) Hotel: Macdonald Windsor or similar

VALUE INCLUSIONS • Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Traditional Welsh evening • Tours of London & Cardiff • Walking tours of Oxford & Windsor • Narrow-gauge train ride in Snowdonia • Entry to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London or Kensington Palace, Stonehenge, Roman Baths & Pump Room, National Slate Museum, Caernarfon Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Windsor Castle

ENGLAND

Irish Sea Caernarfon Snowdonia

North Sea

Conwy Llangollen Bridgnorth Stratford-upon-Avon

WALES Brecon Beacons Cardiff

Bath

Oxford Windsor London Stonehenge

English Channel

Day 8 Windsor – London (41 km) Your tour ends after breakfast with a group transfer back to London Heathrow airport. (B)

SCOTLAND

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Inverness

Loch Lomond Glasgow

North Sea

St Andrews Edinburgh Gretna Green Lake District

Liverpool

ENGLAND Stratford-upon-Avon London

• Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Scottish evening in Edinburgh • Tours of London, Edinburgh & Glasgow • Walking tour of St Andrews • Beatles Tour of Liverpool • Loch Lomond scenic cruise • Reserved seat for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (05 – 19 Aug departures) • Entry to St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Dove Cottage, St Andrews Cathedral, Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green & Edinburgh Castle

Day 4 Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (381 km) Travel through the glorious Lake District to Dove Cottage in Grasmere, home of William Wordsworth. Stop in Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh for a Scottish evening of music and entertainment. (BD) Hotel: Macdonald Houston House Uphall Day 5 Edinburgh Explore central Edinburgh’s New Town and walk along the medieval Royal Mile. Visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny then spend the afternoon at leisure. From 05 – 19 August enjoy reserved seats at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B) Day 6 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Inverness (325 km) Take a guided tour of St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university. Visit the ruins of St Andrew’s Cathedral before driving north through the striking Highland scenery to Inverness for dinner with the group. (BD) Hotel: Columba or similar

St Andrews Cathedral, Scotland

Day 7 Inverness – Loch Lomond – Glasgow (280 km) Travel south past the shores of Loch Ness and the towering peaks of Glencoe to Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest lake. Arrive in Glasgow in the afternoon for an orientation tour. (BD) Hotel: Westerwood or similar Day 8 Glasgow The tour ends in the morning with a group transfer to Glasgow airport. (B)

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Isle of Skye, Scotland

Orkney Isles John O'Groats

Durness Thurso

Type: Coach Departs: Glasgow airport Operates: Sat (16 Apr – 15 Oct) Selected Mon (20 Jun – 19 Sep) Inclusions: • 12 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 12 breakfasts (B), 9 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $3681

Day 1 Glasgow – Loch Katrine – Drymen (81 km) Arrive in Glasgow for a group transfer to your hotel located north of the city centre in the village of Drymen. Take a short drive through part of the Trossachs to Loch Katrine for a steamboat ride then join your travel companions for a welcome drink and dinner. (D) Hotel: Winnock Hotel, Drymen or similar Day 2 Drymen – Isle of Arran – Drymen (228 km) Drive south to Ardrossan for the ferry to the Isle of Arran. Visit the distillery for a tour and whisky tasting then stop in Blackwaterfoot for time at leisure. Return to the mainland in time for dinner with the group. (BD) Day 3 Drymen – Loch Lomond – Eilean Donan Castle – Kyle of Lochalsh (262 km) Travel alongside picturesque Loch Lomond, through the notorious valley of Glen Coe to the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill. Continue north to Kyle of Lochalsh, stopping enroute at the romantic Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s iconic fortresses. (BD) Hotel: Balmacara or similar

North Sea

Ullapool Isle of Skye

Isle of Mull Isle of Iona

Strathpeffer Culloden Portree Kyle of Lochalsh

Oban Glasgow

Edinburgh

SCOTLAND

an active fishing and ferry port, for a brief drive around town before checking in to your hotel. (BD) Hotel: Royal Ullapool or similar Day 6 Ullapool – John o’ Groats – Kirkwall (270 km) Be mesmerised by the Highlands today as you pass rugged mountains, impressive coastline and handsome saltmarsh landscapes. Learn about the Highland Clearances over dinner, passing through John o’ Groats to catch the ferry to the Isle of Orkney. (BD) Hotel: Ayre or similar Day 7 Orkney Isles Discover the largest island of Orkney today. Visit the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, view the Ring of Brogdar, drive across the Churchill Barriers and explore the Italian Chapel. Return to Kirkwall to see the 12th century St Magnus Cathedral then spend the evening at your leisure. (B)

Day 4 Kyle of Lochalsh – Dunvegan Castle – Portree – Kyle of Lochalsh (167 km) Explore the Isle of Skye today including a visit to Dunvegan Castle, still home to the MacLeod clan, and a stop in Portree to admire the brightly-coloured houses lining the bay. (BD)

Day 8 Kirkwall – Dunrobin Castle – Inverness (255 km) Travel back to the mainland to visit the largest mansion in northern Scotland, Dunrobin Castle. Watch a demonstration of falconry in the castle gardens before continuing to your hotel in the centre of Inverness. (BD) Hotel: Columba or similar

Day 5 Kyle of Lochalsh – Inverewe Gardens – Ullapool (189 km) Drive north along the west coast to visit Inverewe Gardens where plants flourish due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. Continue to Ullapool,

Day 9 Inverness – Loch Ness – Culloden – Inverness (61 km) See the celebrated shores of Loch Ness today on your way to the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Stop at the Culloden Visitor Centre, at the site where

VALUE INCLUSIONS • Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Scottish evening in Edinburgh • Ferry ride across Strangford Lough • Tour of Edinburgh • Loch Katrine steamboat cruise • Cruise on Loch Ness • Ferry rides to Isles of Arran and Orkney • Isle of Arran Distillery whisky tour & tasting • Sheepdog trials at Leault Farm • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (30 Jul – 15 Aug departures) • Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing pass • Entry to Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, Eilean Donan Castle, Dunvegan Castle, Inverewe Gardens, John o’ Groats, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, St Magnus Cathedral, Italian Chapel, Dunrobin Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, St Andrews and Edinburgh Castle

Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in the Battle of Culloden, then return to Inverness for dinner. (BD) Day 10 Inverness – St Andrews – Edinburgh (315 km) Drive past the majestic scenery of the Cairngorm Mountains towards the sheepdog trails at Leault Farm. Continue to St Andrews and spend some time exploring the home of golf and Scotland’s oldest university at your own pace before arriving at a traditional Scottish evening in Edinburgh. (BD) Hotel: Apex International or similar Day 11 Edinburgh Discover Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour and see the elegant New Town, medieval Royal Mile and visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle. On 30 July – 15 August departures you will enjoy reserved seating at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B) Day 12 Edinburgh Spend the day in Edinburgh with an independent hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass and choose your own adventure in the city. (B)

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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Scottish Clans & Castles 10D/9N Type: Coach Departs: Glasgow airport Operates: Selected Thu (21 Apr – 20 Oct) Inclusions: • 9 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 9 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $2696

Day 1 Glasgow Arrive into Glasgow airport in the morning and transfer to your hotel located north of the city. In the afternoon experience a panoramic tour of central Glasgow including its red sandstone buildings, Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde. Join your fellow travellers this evening for dinner and a welcome drink. (D) Hotel: Winnock, Drymen or similar Day 2 Glasgow – Loch Katrine – Stirling Castle – Glasgow (129 km) Drive north into the Trossachs and view the natural beauty of Loch Katrine on board a steamboat. Continue to Stirling Castle where a local guide will impart stories of its connections to William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scots and their roles in Scottish history. (BD) Day 3 Glasgow – Glencoe – Eilean Donan Castle – Kyle of Lochalsh (267 km) Journey across mysterious Rannoch Moor through the eerie site of the MacDonald Clan massacre at Glencoe. Stop at Spean Bridge Woollen Mill en route to the romantic Eilean Donan Castle then travel on through the Highlands to your charming family-owned hotel near Kyle of Lochalsh. (BD) Hotel: Balmacara or similar

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Day 4 Kyle of Lochalsh – Isle of Skye – Kyle of Lochalsh (159 km) Cross to the Isle of Skye along the Trotternish Peninsula to Kilt Rock. Visit the Museum of Island Life to learn of the ancient living conditions then pause in picturesque Portree for some time to explore at leisure. Return to the mainland in time for dinner with the group. (BD) Day 5 Kyle of Lochalsh – Armadale Castle – Mallaig – Fort William – Inverness (218 km) Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle and discover the history of the Lords of the Isles. Take a ferry south to Mallaig and board a Highland train, travelling over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, known to many

as the route for the Hogwarts Express. Reboard the coach at Fort William for the journey to Inverness. (BD) Hotel: Glen Mhor or similar

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Day 6 Inverness – Loch Ness – Culloden Battlefield – Inverness (75 km) Take a leisurely cruise on Loch Ness to visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, destroyed in the Jacobite wars. Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to gain insight into the bloody battle between the British Government and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Return to Inverness for dinner and a walking tour with a local guide. (BD)

• Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Scottish evening • Tours of Glasgow & Edinburgh • Loch Katrine steamboat cruise • Loch Ness scenic cruise • Highland train ride • Walking tour of Inverness • Speyside Distillery whisky tour & tasting • Sheepdog trials at Leault Farm • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (28 Jul – 18 Aug departures) • Entry to Stirling Castle, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, Eilean Donan Castle, Kilt Rock, Museum of Island Life, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Brodie Castle, St Andrews and Palace of Holyroodhouse

Day 7 Inverness – Brodie Castle – Speyside – Inverness (207 km) Explore the 16th century Brodie Castle, complete with fairytale turrets and an impressive library. Drive through the Speyside region to a distillery to learn how the pure water from the River Spey creates the popular local whisky. Same a ‘wee dram’ before spending time at leisure in Inverness. (BD) Day 8 Inverness – Leault Farm – Pitlochry – St Andrews – Edinburgh (315 km) Drive south through majestic highland scenery to view a sheepdog trial at Leault Farm then continue through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains for a quick stop at the popular town of Pitlochry. Arrive in St Andrews, the home of golf, for free time to explore the medieval town centre then drive on to Edinburgh to enjoy a Scottish evening with dinner and lively entertainment. (BD) Hotel: Norton House Hotel & Spa or similar

Compare the elegant wide streets of the Georgian New Town to the narrow laneways of the medieval Royal Mile then visit the official Scottish residence of the Queen at Holyroodhouse and walk through its majestic chambers. 28 July – 18 August departure will experience the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the evening. (B)

Day 9 Edinburgh Spend the morning exploring Edinburgh on a city tour.

Day 10 Edinburgh Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Brodie Castle Inverness Isle of Skye

Kyle of Lochalsh

Armadale Castle Mallaig

Eilean Donan Castle

Culloden Battlefield Loch Ness

Leault Farm

Speyside

Fort William Pitlochry

Glencoe

SCOTLAND St Andrews

Loch Katrine Stirling Castle

Glasgow

Edinburgh

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


VALUE INCLUSIONS • Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Scottish evening, Glyde Inn traditional Irish dinner & show, Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish night • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin • Walking tours of St Andrews, Galway & Dalkey • Beatles Tour of Liverpool • Loch Lomond scenic cruise • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (05 – 19 Aug departures) • Jaunting car ride in Killarney • Dingle Bay cruise • Rathbaun Farm sheepdog trails with tea and scones • London Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing pass with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit • Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing pass with Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office visit • Entry to St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Dove Cottage, Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Titanic Belfast, Kilmainham Gaol, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher and Dalkey Castle

Lake District, England

Type: Coach Departs: London Heathrow Operates: Selected Fri (08 Apr – 21 Oct) Inclusions: • 13 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 13 breakfasts (B), 10 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $3785

anecdotes about the town’s most famous people as you make your way to the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Drive on to Inverness with a brief stop in the picturesque town of Pitlochry. (BD) Hotel: Columba or similar Day 7 Inverness – Loch Ness – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow (278 km) Pass the shores of the iconic Loch Ness and the towering mountain Ben Nevis as you drive to the haunting landscape of Glencoe, the site of the massacre of the MacDonald Clan. Take a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond then pass through Glasgow to your hotel located on the outskirts of town. (BD) Hotel: Westerwood or similar

Day 1 London Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. Set out on an afternoon tour of the sights including a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. In the evening enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with the group. (D) Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank or similar

Day 8 Glasgow – Cairnryan – Belfast – Dublin (399 km) Depart Scotland early for the short ferry ride to Northern Ireland. On arrival in Belfast visit the interactive museum dedicated to the Titanic before driving south to Dublin, pausing for dinner at the Glyde Inn. (BD) Hotel: Croke Park or similar

Day 2 London Use your Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing pass to tour the city independently on a number of bus routes, including a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. In the afternoon choose between the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana. (B)

Day 9 Dublin Tour the sites of Dublin to admire its Georgian squares, elegant row houses, lively shopping streets and notorious Kilmainham Gaol. The afternoon is spent exploring at your own pace with your Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing pass. (B)

Day 3 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – Liverpool (378 km) Drive through the delightful hills of the Cotswolds, arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, furnished as it would have been in his time. Continue to Liverpool and join a local guide for a historical tour about the lives of the ‘Fab Four’. (BD) Hotel: Hilton or similar Day 4 Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (381 km) Travel through the Lake District, stopping at Wordsworth’s former home Dove Cottage in Grasmere en route to Gretna Green just over the Scottish border. Check in to your hotel just outside Edinburgh then join your fellow travellers for a traditional Scottish evening. (BD) Hotel: Macdonald Houston House or similar Day 5 Edinburgh Explore central Edinburgh today on a tour taking in the fashionable shopping streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town, the quaint medieval Royal Mile and a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle. On 05 – 19 August departures enjoy reserved seating at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B) Day 6 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Pitlochry – Inverness (320 km) Take a walking tour of the golfing capital of Scotland, St Andrews. Your guide will share historical

the shores of Lough Leane then drive to Slea Head at the western tip of the peninsula for spectacular views. Stop in Dingle for a short cruise on the harbour before returning to Killarney for dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage accompanied by lively entertainment. (BD) Day 12 Killarney – Foynes Flying Boat Museum – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (271 km) Learn about the early days of flight in Ireland at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum then cross the River Shannon to view the Cliffs of Moher. Arrive in Galway for a guided walk around the city centre before dinner with the group. (BD) Hotel: Meyrick or similar

Day 10 Dublin – Blarney – Killarney (355 km) Head south through farming country to admire the Rock of Cashel, stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone and buy a souvenir at the Woollen Mills. Continue through County Kerry to your hotel in Killarney. (BD) Hotel: Brehon or similar

Day 13 Galway – Rathbaun Farm – Dublin (232 km) Watch traditional sheepdog trials at Rathbaun Farm and sample some tea and scones. Drive to Dublin and visit the upmarket suburb of Dalkey Village with its imposing Castle and Writers’ Gallery. Return to your elegant castle hotel for a farewell dinner. (BD) Hotel: Fitzpatrick Castle or similar

Day 11 Killarney – Slea Head – Dingle – Killarney (169 km) Take a horse-drawn jaunting car to Ross Castle on

Day 14 Dublin Your tour ends after breakfast with a morning transfer to the airport. (B) Inverness

Loch Ness

St Andrews

Loch Lomond Atlantic Ocean

SCOTLAND

Pitlochry

Glencoe

Glasgow

Edinburgh

North Sea

Gretna Green NORTHERN IRELAND IRELAND Galway

Cairnryan Belfast Irish Sea

Liverpool

Dublin

ENGLAND

Cliffs of Moher WALES

Dingle Killarney

Lake District

Blarney

Stratford-upon-Avon

COACH TOURS

British & Irish Voyager 14D/13N

London

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Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland

Taste of Scotland & Ireland 11D/10N Type: Coach Departs: Glasgow airport Operates: Sun (06 Mar – 20 Nov) Tue & Fri (18 Mar – 04 Nov) Inclusions: • 10 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 10 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $2297

Day 1 Glasgow Meet the group transfer to your hotel in the morning. Explore the city on an afternoon tour and visit Provand’s Lordship, the city’s oldest house built in 1471. Enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow travellers before dinner. (D) Hotel: Thistle Glasgow or similar Day 2 Glasgow – Loch Ness – Nairn (305 km) Drive alongside Loch Lomond and through Glencoe and Fort William to the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill to admire a vast array of Scottish goods. At Fort Augustus embark on a short cruise of Loch Ness, then continue to Nairn for the evening. (BD) Hotel: The Newton or similar

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Day 3 Nairn – Pitlochry – St Andrews – Edinburgh (341 km) Tour the Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry and sample some whisky before continuing to Edinburgh via St Andrews. Enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner followed by a lively show. (BD) Hotel: Marriott Dalmahoy or similar Day 4 Edinburgh Discover the highlights of the Scottish capital with a local guide, including the medieval Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. On 02 – 23 August departures, seats are reserved for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 5 Edinburgh – Belfast – Dublin (469 km) Make the short ferry trip from Cairnryan to Larne in Northern Ireland and enjoy a casual lunch on board. Proceed to Belfast for a visit to the fascinating interactive museum about the Titanic then drive south to Dublin and spend the evening at your leisure. (BL) Hotel: Royal Marine or similar Day 6 Dublin Take a guided tour of Dublin including a visit to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. In the evening enjoy a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music on board a former Guinness barge. (BD) Day 7 Dublin – Blarney – Killarney (332 km) Drive south to view the Rock of Cashel and enjoy tea and scones at local sheepdog trials before continuing to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence. Stop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for some shopping then drive to Killarney, arriving in time for dinner. (BD) Hotel: Killarney Avenue or similar Day 8 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (90 km) See Killarney’s lakes and Ross Castle from a traditional jaunting car before embarking on a drive through the scenic Ring of Kerry. Cross to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience for a glimpse of early monastic life on Ireland’s rocky offshore islands, then savour a pub lunch and stop in Sneem to admire its brightly painted houses. Return to Killarney via Moll’s Gap. (BL)

VALUE INCLUSIONS • Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Scottish Evening, Dublin canal dinner & cruise, Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet • Tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh & Dublin • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (02 – 23 Aug departures) • Loch Ness scenic cruise • Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting • Sheepdog trials at a local farm with tea & scones • Jaunting car ride in Killarney • Entry to Provand’s Lordship, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, the Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher and Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

Nairn Loch Ness

SCOTLAND Glencoe Atlantic Ocean

Day 9 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Bunratty (253 km) Catch a ferry across the River Shannon and view the Cliffs of Moher. Drive to your hotel in Bunratty and enjoy some time at leisure before heading to Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style feast. (BD) Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel or similar

Pitlochry St Andrews

Glasgow Edinburgh Cairnryan NORTHERN IRELAND Belfast

IRELAND

Day 10 Bunratty – Galway – Dublin (295 km) Drive to Galway for a walking tour of the central city then continue to the Clonmacnoise Monastic Site to view its Celtic crosses and medieval churches. Arrive in Dublin for an evening at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane or similar

Galway Cliffs of Moher Skellig Experience

Day 11 Dublin Your tour ends with a taxi transfer to Dublin airport. (B)

Valentia Island

Clonmacnoise

Irish Sea Dublin

Bunratty Rock of Cashel Blarney Killarney

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Type: Coach Departs: Dublin airport Operates: Mon (15 Feb – 05 Dec) Wed (16 Mar – 02 Dec) Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $1338

Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin in the morning and take the group transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the city to admire stately Georgian houses, colourful squares and elegant public buildings, then arrive at the lovely Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. In the evening meet your tour director over a welcome drink. Hotel: Maldron Hotel, Cardiff Lane or similar Day 2 Dublin – Glendalough – Waterford (198 km) Depart Dublin and pass the Wicklow Mountains as you head towards the Glendalough Monastic site to tour the deep valley and picturesque ruins of the round tower, churches and Celtic crosses. Discover the history of Irish emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship before driving to Waterford for dinner followed by a walking tour with your local guide. (BD) Hotel: Dooley’s or similar Day 3 Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (209 km) Visit the House of Waterford Crystal then travel to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic, for a walking tour. Continue along the south coast to Blarney for a chance to kiss the famous stone and spend time

at the Woollen Mills before driving through the rugged countryside to Killarney. (BD) Hotel: International Hotel or similar Day 4 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (90 km) Follow the winding road of the Ring of Kerry, stopping to take in the breathtaking natural scenery. Watch sheepdog trials, enjoy lunch at a traditional pub, then arrive at the Skellig Experience and learn about the monks in early Christian times. Return to Killarney via Sneem and Moll’s Gap for an evening at your leisure. (BL) Day 5 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (267 km) Depart for the north and take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary towards the Cliffs of Moher. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for the best views across the Atlantic towards the Aran Islands before driving through the hills of the Burren to Galway. Enjoy a guided walk of the city centre before dinner with the group. (BD) Hotel: Ardilaun or similar

Day 7 Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast – Dublin (333 km) Explore the northern coastline, stopping for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle. Admire the spectacular stones of the Giant’s Causeway then learn the fate of the RMS Titanic through the interactive displays at the Titanic Museum in Belfast. Return to Ireland, stopping just north of Dublin at the Glyde Inn for a farewell Irish folklore dinner. (BD) Hotel: Croke Park or similar Day 8 Dublin Your tour ends with a morning group transfer to the airport. (B)

Giant’s Causeway Derry

NORTHERN Belfast IRELAND

Donegal Sligo Knock Galway

Dublin

IRELAND

Glendalough

Cliffs of Moher

Killarney

Waterford

Blarney

Ring of Kerry

Cobh

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Type: Coach Departs: Dublin airport Operates: Mon (08 Feb – 12 Dec) Thu (07 Apr – 27 Oct) Sat (05 Mar – 29 Oct)

Price: From $998

• Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Glyde Inn traditional Irish dinner & show • Tour of Dublin • Walking tours of Waterford, Galway, Cobh & Derry • Sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry • Entry to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Glendalough Visitor Centre, Dunbrody Famine Ship, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, the Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher, Knock Shrine, W.B. Yeats’ Grave, Giant’s Causeway and Titanic Belfast

Day 6 Galway – Knock – Sligo – Derry (277 km) Visit the church of Knock where villagers are said to have sighted the Virgin Mary in 1879. Stop in Sligo to view W.B. Yeats’ grave before following the shoreline through Donegal to Derry. On arrival meet your local guide for a walking tour around the medieval walls that completely encircle the old town. (BD) Hotel: Everglades or similar

Taste of Ireland 6D/5N

Inclusions: • 5 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 5 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person)

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Killarney National Park, Ireland

to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, have lunch in a local pub, watch a sheepdog trial, stroll the central green of Sneem then admire the vistas from Moll’s Gap before returning to Killarney. (BL)

Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin in the morning for a group transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon join a local guide for a city tour of the old and new towns including Dublin Castle. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink before dinner and a lively Irish show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. (D) Hotel: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge or similar

Day 4 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Bunratty (253 km) Catch a ferry across the River Shannon to view the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of sandstone above the Atlantic Ocean. Check into your hotel in Bunratty before enjoying a medieval-style feast with music, entertainment and plenty of wine in the Great Hall of Bunratty Castle. (BD) Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel or similar

Day 2 Dublin – Blarney Castle – Killarney (342 km) Drive south through the midlands, stopping to view the Rock of Cashel. Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone before calling in to the Blarney Woollen Mills. Proceed to County Kerry past Macroom and admire the mountainous scenery before arriving in Killarney with enough time to relax before dinner. (BD) Hotel: Killarney Towers or similar

Day 5 Bunratty – Galway – Dublin (295 km) Drive north for a panoramic tour of Galway before continuing to Spiddal where locals still speak the Irish language. Stop at the Connemara Marble Factory to admire the beautiful stones and enjoy tea and scones then proceed to Dublin where you are free to spend your final night exploring the city at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Academy Plaza or similar

Day 3 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (90 km) Today you will drive along the Ring of Kerry for breathtaking views of mountains, beaches and cliffs. Cross

Day 6 Dublin Your tour ends in the morning with a group transfer to Dublin airport. (B)

• Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and show, Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet • Tour of Dublin • Sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry • Tea and scones at Connemara Marble Factory • Entry to Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, the Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher

Atlantic Ocean

Connemara Marble Factory

IRELAND Irish Sea Dublin

Galway Cliffs of Moher Bunratty Killarney Valentia Island

Ring of Kerry

Rock of Cashel Blarney Castle

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Irish Adventure 8D/7N

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The Burren, Ireland

Jewels of Ireland 15D/14N Type: Coach Departs: Dublin airport Operates: Fri (01 Apr – 28 Oct) Sun (17 Apr – 09 Oct) Inclusions: • 14 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 14 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $3076

Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin in the morning and take a group transfer to your hotel then meeting your tour guide for an afternoon city tour including a visit to Dublin Castle. Hotel: Davenport or similar Day 2 Dublin – Blessington – Dublin (117 km) Drive to Blessington for a guided tour of Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with local artworks. Return to Dublin to explore at your own pace with an open-top bus tour including entry to the Guinness Storehouse for a pint or the General Post Office. In the evening enjoy dinner with traditional Irish music and dancing at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub. (BD) Day 3 Dublin – Waterford – Kinsale (321 km) Travel south and tour the House of Waterford Crystal to see demonstrations of glass blowing and cutting. Visit the 18th century Bishop’s Palace, then pass through Cork on your way to Kinsale, renowned for its gourmet food, where you will take a short walk through the historic streets with a local guide. (BD) Hotel: Acton’s Hotel or similar

Day 7 Ennis – Galway (68 km) Tour the limestone hills of the Burren and watch a local farmer round up his sheep with traditionallytrained dogs. Continue to Galway for dinner and a guided walk of the town centre. (BD) Hotel: Galway Bay or similar Day 8 Galway – Spiddal – Galway (172 km) Travel to Standun of Spiddal for coffee then on to Leenane for a catamaran cruise on Killary Harbour, passing shores displaying pre-Potato Famine ‘lazy beds’. Visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead to see Connemara ponies and donkeys and enjoy a farmhouse lunch before returning to Galway. (BL) Day 9 Galway – Sligo – Donegal (207 km) Visit Lissadell House, a magnificent country estate with strong connections to the 1916 uprising. See craftspeople create the renowned fine china of the Belleek Pottery Factory. Proceed to Donegal and explore the town at your leisure. (BD) Hotel: Mill Park or similar Day 10 Donegal – Slieve League – Donegal (123 km) Experience the remarkable sea cliffs of Slieve League and taste some home-baked scones before a stop at Triona Design. In the afternoon, tour Donegal Castle then return to your hotel for dinner. (BD) Day 11 Donegal – Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast (232 km) Drive to Derry for a walking tour of its medieval walls with a local guide. Stop for photos at Dunluce Castle then take the scenic route to the Giant’s Causeway, a remarkable formation made up of huge hexagonal columns. See where ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed along the Nine Glens of Antrim then continue to Belfast for the evening. (BD) Hotel: Radisson Blu Belfast or similar

Day 4 Kinsale – Killarney – Dingle (164 km) Travel on part of the Ring of Kerry, admiring the lush landscapes of this rural area. Kiss the Blarney Stone at the famous Castle before boarding a horse-drawn jaunting car for a ride around Killarney National Park. Continue to the Dingle Peninsula for the night, stopping for an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn. (BD) Hotel: Benners or similar

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Day 12 Belfast – Kingscourt (115 km) Discover the highlights of Belfast this morning, including the incredible Titanic Belfast Museum to admire its interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art displays. Learn about Ireland’s patron saint in the St Patrick Centre before arriving at your castle hotel in Kingscourt with time to relax before dinner and Irish dancing. (BD) Hotel: Cabra Castle Hotel or similar Day 13 Kingscourt – Drogheda (69 km) Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre then travel to Drogheda for a walking tour of the historic town. This evening you will experience a lively dinner and music at the Wm Cairnes Gastropub. (BD) Hotel: D Hotel or similar Day 14 Drogheda – Dublin (55 km) Drive back to Dublin today and spend the day exploring at your own pace. (B) Hotel: Croke Park Hotel or similar Day 15 Dublin The tour ends with transfer back to the airport. (B)

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Derry

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Slieve League Sligo

Kingscourt

Day 5 Dingle Peninsula (39 km) Discover the sandy beaches and rocky headlands of Slea Head and visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Return to Dingle for a pub lunch and spend the evening at leisure. (BL) Day 6 Dingle – Cliffs of Moher – Ennis (266 km) Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum then drive towards the market town of Ennis. Enjoy a scenic afternoon walk by the Cliffs of Moher followed by a medieval banquet in nearby Knappogue Castle. (BD) Hotel: Temple Gate Ennis or similar

• Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner & show, Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet, Wm Cairnes Gastropub dinner • Tours of Dublin & Belfast • Walking tours of Kinsale, Galway, Derry and Drogheda • Sheepdog trials in Caherconnell • Jaunting car ride in Killarney • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn • Coffee & presentation on Irish Llfe at Standun of Spiddal • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise • Dan O’Hara’s Homestead Farm • Step dancing display in Cabra Castle Hotel • Slieve League cliffs with tea and scones • Drink at the Guinness Storehouse • Entry to Dublin Castle, Russborough House, House of Waterford Crystal, Bishop’s Palace, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Lissadell House, Belleek Pottery Factory, Triona Design, Donegal Castle, Giant’s Causeway, The Dark Hedges, Titantic Belfast, St Patrick Centre & Boyne Valley Visitor Centre and Newgrange or Knowth Tomb

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Ennis

Dingle Peninsula

Killarney

Blarney Waterford Cork Kinsale

Knappogue Castle, Ireland

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.

Dublin


Type: Coach Departs: Dublin airport Operates: Sat (12 Mar – 12 Nov) Wed (30 Mar – 19 Oct) Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Price: From $1537

Day 1 Dublin Take a group transfer to your hotel in the morning then meet your guide for a tour of the city including St Stephen’s Green, the River Liffey, O’Connell Street and the solemn figures of the Famine Memorial. Continue to Dublin’s newest distillery, Teeling, to sample its aged whiskey then join the group for a welcome drink. Hotel: Ballsbridge or similar Day 2 Dublin – Kilkenny (105 km) Discover Irish history at Glasnevin Museum then depart the city for a working farm to learn the secrets of country living in Ireland over tea and home-baked scones. Continue to Kilkenny for a walking tour of the medieval city centre followed by a tour and tasting at Smithwick’s Brewery. (BD) Hotel: Ormonde or similar Day 3 Kilkenny – Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (198 km) Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to see how the glass is created. Drive on to Blarney Castle to kiss the ‘Stone of Eloquence’ and do some shopping in the Woollen Mills or take a break in the nearby pub. Arrive in Killarney and spend the evening enjoying some local live music. (BD) Hotel: International or similar

Day 4 Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney (134 km) Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Dingle Peninsula and the westernmost tip of the country at Slea Head which boasts early Christian beehive huts and views across the Atlantic Ocean. Attend a sheepdog trial before stopping in the town of Dingle. Visit the cosy South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee then drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for dinner with local musicians. (BD) Day 5 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara – Westport (364 km) Catch the ferry across the River Shannon to Doolin and take a boat trip for sweeping views of the Cliffs of Moher from the sea. Enjoy lunch in a local village pub and drive on to Galway for a walking tour of its compact city centre. Travel through the open country of Connemara before arriving in Westport to explore its numerous traditional pubs with live music. (BLD) Hotel: Wyatt or similar Day 6 Westport – Achill Island – Westport (175 km) Visit the 18th century Westport House with stunning rooms filled with priceless furniture and boasting lovely views over Clew Bay. Cross the bridge to Achill Island to admire its golden beaches and rugged cliffs and see the remains of the Deserted Village from the 1840s Famine. Enjoy a casual lunch with the group before returning to Westport. (BL) Day 7 Westport – Dublin (220 km) Drive to the centre of Ireland to visit the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience for a tour and sample of its renowned whiskey. Continue to Dublin for an evening of ‘Food, Folk & Fairies’ at Dublin’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head. (BD) Hotel: Ashling or similar Day 8 Dublin Your tour ends after breakfast with a group transfer to Dublin airport. (B)

Northern Welcome 8D/7N

Inishowen Peninsula Derry

Type: Coach

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Departs: Dublin airport Operates: Selected Sat (16 Apr – 22 Oct) Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D) • Transport by air conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Value Inclusions as listed • Porterage (1 suitcase per person)

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Kingscourt Westport Galway

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Dublin

Price: From $1617

Day 1 Dublin – Kingscourt (85 km) Meet your morning group transfer at Dublin airport for the journey north to Cabra Castle, a delightful hotel with a 9 hole golf course on its spacious grounds. In the evening dine with your fellow travellers in the castle’s award winning restaurant. (D) Hotel: Cabra Castle Hotel or similar Day 2 Kingscourt – Belfast (138 km) Visit the St Patrick Centre at Down Cathedral to learn about the life of Ireland’s patron saint. Continue to Belfast and join a local guide for a tour of the city followed by a visit to the interactive Titantic Belfast museum. (BD) Hotel: Europa Belfast or similar Day 3 Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Derry (173 km) Drive north along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim for breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys and dramatic coastline. Stop at Sheans Heritage Farm for tea and scones before arriving at the Giant’s Causeway, large hexagonal columns that have

spawned a number of myths and legends. Continue to Derry where you will spend the next two nights. (BD) Hotel: Maldron or similar Day 4 Derry – Inishowen Peninsula – Derry (134 km) Take a short walking tour of Derry’s medieval city walls then travel around the Inishowen Peninsula stopping briefly at Shrove Lighthouse and the most northerly point of the Irish mainland, Malin Head, for an Irish coffee. Return to Derry for dinner with the group. (BD)

VALUE INCLUSIONS • Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish night, Food Folk & Fairies at the Brazen Head Pub • Tour of Dublin • Walking tours of Kilkenny & Galway • Teeling Distillery tour and tasting • Smithwick’s Brewery tour and tasting • Farmhouse tea and scones • Irish coffee at South Pole Inn • Sheepdog trials on Dingle Peninsula • Day tour to Achill Island • Cliffs of Moher boat trip • Kilbeggan Distillery Experience • Entry to Glasnevin Museum, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills and Westport House Derry

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Galway

Dingle Peninsula

Dublin

IRELAND

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Kilkenny

Waterford

Killarney Blarney

VALUE INCLUSIONS • Arrival & departure transfers on first and last day of tour only • Cabra Castle dinner, Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner & show • Tour of Belfast • Walking tours of Derry & Galway • Irish coffee on Inishowen Peninsula • Day tour to Achill Island • Entry to Down Cathedral, St Patrick Centre, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Shrove Lighthouse, Donegal Castle, Belleek Pottery Factory, W.B. Yeats’ Grave, Westport House & Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

Clew Bay to access Achill Island by bridge. See the Deserted Village with remains of nearly 100 stone cottages abandoned during the Famine, stop for a casual pub lunch, then return to Westport for an evening at leisure. (BL)

Day 5 Derry – Donegal – Westport (234 km) Travel through rugged countryside to Belleek, stopping en route at the 15th century Donegal Castle. Continue to Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W.B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, then admire the landscapes of Sligo and County Mayo on the drive to Westport. (BD) Hotel: Clew Bay or similar

Day 7 Westport – Galway – Kilbeggan – Dublin (290 km) Travel to Galway for a guided walk of Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral and the Spanish Arch, with time at leisure to browse the narrow streets. Drive through the centre of Ireland to the oldest distillery in the world at Kilbeggan and sample the famous whiskey before arriving in Dublin. Attend a lively traditional show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner. (BD) Hotel: Talbot or similar

Day 6 Westport – Achill Island – Westport (127 km) Admire the portraits, antique furniture and porcelain at stately Westport House then travel around

Day 8 Dublin Your tour ends with a group transfer to the airport in the morning. (B) www.tempoholidays.com

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ENGLAND

WHY CHOOSE ENGLAND: Visit the cultural epicentre of London time and again, yet never grow tired of its ever-changing skyline and blend of old-world refinement with edgy boutiques and trendy nightspots. Travel further afield and you will appreciate the centuries’ old villages, ancestral estates and wooded glens that stand beside worldrenowned university cities and colourful commercial centres, all contributing to England’s unique diversity.

TEMPO MUST DO’S: • Enjoy an iconic night out on the West End • Take a literary tour of the Cotswolds and the Lake District • Stay in a typical English B&B • Tour out to the mainland’s most westerly point, Land’s End

London, England

Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire – 5D/4N Type: Small group Departs: Greenline Coach Terminal, London Operates: Fri (29 Apr – 30 Sep) Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach Price: B&B from $1164 Hotels from $1347

Day 4 York The day is yours to spend at leisure. An excursion to the Yorkshire Dales to visit the local market towns is included, or you may choose to explore the medieval city with its myriad museums, narrow streets and ancient walls of the city. (B) Day 5 York – Cambridge – London (355 km) Drive south on the return to London, stopping in Cambridge to admire its ancient colleges and impressive architecture. Take some time to stroll the banks of the River Cam before arriving in London in the evening. (B)

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London

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Day 1 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – Ironbridge – Shrewsbury (297 km) Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and spend time in Shakespeare’s village to admire the thatched cottages including the childhood home of his wife Anne Hathaway. Drive to the spectacular forested gorge on the river Severn at Ironbridge then arrive at your accommodation in the beautiful riverside town of Shrewsbury.

ENGLAND

Day 2 Shrewsbury – Conwy – Snowdonia National Park – Shrewsbury (296 km) Travel past beautiful green valleys and lovely towns en route to Wales and arrive in Conwy to visit its 13th century castle. Explore the impressive mountains of the Snowdonia National Park then return through the borderlands to England. (B) Day 3 Shrewsbury – Chatsworth – York (231 km) Journey through the Peak District National Park to view its stunning little villages and rolling hills. Stop briefly in Castleton then visit the mansion house and gardens of Chatsworth, home to the Duke of Devonshire. Arrive in the historic city of York, where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Snowdonia, Wales

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LONDON Book one of our great value packages in Britain’s stately capital and be enthralled by London’s history, be captivated by its iconic sights and exhilarated by its youthful energy.

London Your Way – 4D/3N

Type: Mini break

Type: Mini break

Departs: London Heathrow

Departs: London Heathrow

Operates: Daily (year round)

Operates: Daily (year round)

Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel/apartment • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch • Private arrival transfer from Heathrow airport • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • Traditional fish & chip pub lunch • Entrance to the Tower of London • Afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason

Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel/apartment • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch • Private arrival transfer from Heathrow airport • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • Traditional fish & chip pub lunch • 3 open-dated entrance vouchers to your choice of iconic London attractions

Enjoy an array of iconic English experiences, beginning with an orientation tour aboard a classic 1960s routemaster bus including a Thames Cruise and voucher for a quintessential fish & chip pub lunch. The following day you will visit the Tower of London, a former palace and place of execution, still home to the Crown Jewels, then make your way to Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly. This historic London retailer was established in 1707 and still has the honour of housing the Royal Family’s favourite food hall. Enjoy a traditional British cream tea with pastries, sandwiches and scones with clotted cream before browsing the iconic store at your leisure.

Sports Lovers London – 4D/3N

Price: St Giles from $924 Grange Wellington from $1238 Go Native Kensington from $1087 The perfect package for those looking to explore London at their own pace. After your orientation tour of London by vintage bus, it’s down to you to discover London for yourself. Choose between three vouchers that will allow you to skip the line at London’s major attractions, plus a complimentary voucher for a taste of London’s finest fish and chips. If you need any advice on how to get to each venue, our local operators are on hand from 6am to 10pm to assist. Visit any three of the Coca Cola London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea life London Aquarium, Tower of London, Madame Tussauds or Kensington Palace, on any day during your stay at your leisure.

Family London – 4D/3N

Type: Mini break

Type: Mini break

Departs: London Heathrow

Departs: London Heathrow

Operates: Daily (year round)

Operates: Daily (year round)

Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel/apartment • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch • Private arrival transfer from Heathrow airport • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • Traditional fish & chip pub lunch • Morning Tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground • Afternoon Tour of Wembley Stadium • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tour

Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel/apartment • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch • Private arrival transfer from Heathrow airport • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • Traditional fish & chip pub lunch • Warner Brothers Studio Tour • Open-dated entry to London Dungeon, London Aquarium and Coca Cola London Eye

Price: St Giles from $924 Grange Wellington from $1238 Go Native Kensington from $1087 Admire the most iconic London sites from your classic Vintage routemaster bus then spend the rest of the day at leisure. The following morning make your way to Lord’s Cricket Ground and go behind the scenes to follow in the footsteps of the heroes of the Long Room and take in the view from the J.P Morgan Media Centre. In the afternoon travel to Wembley Stadium to view its historical treasures including the 1966 World Cup crossbar. Your sports package is completed with a visit to Wimbledon to explore its interactive exhibits followed by tour of centre court.

Price: St Giles from $924 Grange Wellington from $1238 Go Native Kensington from $1087 Perfect for both young and old, this family package begins with a vintage bus tour to get familiar with the sights and sounds of the city then you can choose your own itinerary with open-dated entry vouchers to the best of London’s attractions on the South Bank. Visit the London Dungeon and step back in time in an interactive display of the city’s dark past, take a ride on the iconic Coca Cola London Eye then take a journey to the depths of the Atlantic at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Finally, spend the day at The Making of Harry Potter with return transfers and entry to Warner Brothers Studios.

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LONDON EXPERIENCES

Price: St Giles from $924 Grange Wellington from $1238 Go Native Kensington from $1087

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LONDON HOTELS

Book a stay at any of the hotels featured below and receive a Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise. Stay 5 nights or more and receive an exclusive additional tour, details of which you will find below.

Aerial view of London

4 Burns Hotel Kensington

3H

From $106

2 Lancaster Gate

3H

Earl’s Court

Lancaster Gate

Housed in a Grade II Listed building rich in local history, each room of the Burns is unique in layout with individual furnishings. There are a number of convenient facilities including a lift, room service, coffee shop, laundry service, a bar and restaurant, and the property provides complimentary Wi-Fi for all guests.

Enjoying a quiet location on a leafy street near Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, this is an affordable option in central London. The property is within easy reach of Bayswater, Queensway and Lancaster Gate tube stops and the 196 comfortable air conditioned rooms are simply decorated and equipped with modern conveniences.

TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Afternoon tour to Stonehenge including the new Visitor Centre.

TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary private transfer to Harrods.

Standard Double

3 Phoenix Hotel

Twin Room

3H

From $108

1 Strand Palace

4H

Bayswater

Charing Cross

LONDON • HOTELS

Situated in the heart of the West End, the Strand Palace is close to Trafalgar Square and the fashionable boutiques and lively nightlife of Covent Garden. Retaining its original Edwardian exterior, the guestrooms have been recently refurbished, and the hotel offers several restaurants and a wonderful private dining room.

TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary Jack the Ripper bus and walking tour.

TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary tickets for the Coca Cola London Eye. Standard Double

4H

From $169

6 Millennium Gloucester

Baker Street

ENGLAND 18

4H

From $213

Gloucester Road

Perfectly situated overlooking the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Danubius sits right across from Regent’s Park and is just a 10 minute walk from St John’s Wood. Rooms feature traditional dark wood furniture, flatscreen TVs and high speed Wi-Fi. The onsite Minsky’s Brasserie offers a seasonal a la carte menu and weekend carvery.

A classically-styled property in one of London’s most popular suburbs, the Millennium Gloucester offers 610 elegant guestrooms with modern amenities. There are several dining options, a traditional bar and 24 hour room service. The hotel is within walking distance to the popular Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum and Earl’s Court.

TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground. Standard Double

From $189

The Phoenix is a great value choice in a popular area of London, with simply furnished rooms, free Wi-Fi, complimentary toiletries and continental breakfast. The hotel is located close to the bustling high street of Bayswater and Queensway that boasts a variety of restaurants, shops and bars. Hyde Park is just a five minute walk away.

Double Room

5 Danubius Regents Park

From $125

TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Windsor Castle morning tour including hotel pickup. Standard Room

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. *Tempo Exclusive applies to two adults per booking only. Additional occupants may choose to reserve their seats at time of booking, at an extra charge. Blackout dates, minimum stays and payment conditions may be applicable. All offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


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8 Central Park Hotel

3H

From $116

Bayswater

Tottenham Court Road

Located in the residential heart of West London, this is the perfect hotel for those seeking a centrally located property on a budget. The property features 295 simply-furnished bedrooms, laundry service, an on-site restaurant and lounge bar, room service and complimentary Wi-Fi in the common areas. The location is ideal, just a five minute walk to Hyde Park.

With an enviable location near the junction of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, this large modern hotel features a number of dining options and offers access to a well-equipped health and fitness club with a 25 metre swimming pool. The rooms are simply decorated in a contemporary style with standard amenities, some with lovely views over the city.

Standard Double

3H

From $120

10 London Elizabeth

3.5H

From $144

Occupying three adjoining Victorian townhouses opposite Hyde Park, this charming family-run property has 49 unique guest rooms with traditional English decor and complimentary Wi-Fi. The restaurant serves country fare, while the bar and herb garden terrace are welcoming places to relax and entertain.

Classic Double

11 Millennium London Knightsbridge

4H

From $186

Knightsbridge A shopper’s paradise, the Millennium Knightsbridge boasts an enviable location on Sloane Street, one of London’s premier shopping locations. Harvey Nichols, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Hermes and Prada are neighbours, and Museum Mile is just a 10 minute walk away. The hotel offers a modern Chinese restaurant, a more casual cafe and bar, laundry services, parking and wellequipped guestrooms with modern decor.

12 Millennium Bailey’s

4H

LONDON • HOTELS

Lancaster Gate

Earl’s Court Superbly located just a two minute walk from Earl’s Court station in the heart of London’s popular Kensington district. Access the District and Piccadilly lines to the West End, Kings Cross and Oxford Street within 15 minutes or stay in the area to shop in Chelsea and Knightsbridge. Enjoy newlyrefurbished air conditioned guestrooms with complimentary toiletries, Wi-Fi access and tea & coffee making facilities.

From $258

Gloucester Road Housed in a beautifully restored Victorian townhouse with original features, the Millennium Bailey’s combines style and character, just minutes from the shops and museums of Kensington and Knightsbridge. The property features 211 air conditioned bedrooms furnished in a quintessentiallyEnglish style and an Italian restaurant and boasts an impressive list of former guests including Eduard Strauss and members of the British Royal family.

ENGLAND

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Standard Room

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13 Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire

4H

From $204

Bond Street A boutique property on dynamic Oxford Street and opposite Bond Street so ideal for shopping! Enjoy sleek design in the 149 modern guestrooms adorned with luxurious bedding and hand-made wool carpets with complimentary Wi-Fi. Scoff & Banter, the popular onsite restaurant, features wood-panelled walls and flooring, sumptuous leather furniture and a traditional British menu.

Standard Twin

14 Thistle Hyde Park

4H

From $175

Lancaster Gate Dating back to Victorian times, the Thistle Hyde Park hotel is perfectly situated opposite Hyde Park and close to the iconic market district of Notting Hill and Kensington Gardens. The 54 beautifullyappointed rooms are decorated in a mix of traditional and contemporary style with chandeliers, brass fittings and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Standard Double

15 Grange Wellington

4H

From $186

16 Copthorne Tara

4H

Victoria

From $135

High Street Kensington

Featuring 84 refurbished guestrooms with stylish interiors and modern facilities, this popular hotel is peacefully situated in Westminster’s Vincent Square. The modern Italian restaurant offers all-day dining and room service, and there is a fitness room, 24 hour reception and small business centre available for guests.

Executive Room

Situated in a quiet residential corner close to many popular shops and restaurants and the districts of Knightsbridge and Notting Hill. The hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with tea & coffee making facilities, air conditioning, a choice of Asian or European cuisine at the two in-house restaurants and a fitness room.

Superior Room

17 The Buckingham Grange

4H

From $172

18 Corus Hyde Park

Holborn

4H

From $106

Lancaster Gate

LONDON • HOTELS

A boutique Georgian property located near the British Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury surrounded by leafy gardens on a quiet street. The hotel offers 17 self-contained bedrooms with small kitchenettes, and guests are welcome to use the facilities and restaurants of the nearby sister properties Grange Holborn, Grange Beauchamp and Grange White Hall.

Executive Room

This 200-year-old listed Georgian property houses 389 bedrooms each with air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is a conservatory restaurant overlooking Hyde Park serving international cuisine, and a unique opera dining experience, the Bel Canto, open for dinner three days a week.

Standard Room

19 The Beauchamp

4H

From $182

Russell Square

ENGLAND

Overlooking its own private gardens in Bloomsbury, The Beauchamp combines traditional elegance with chic modern decor. This boutique property features first class services, queen-sized beds, marble bathrooms and air conditioning. Guests can enjoy the traditional British menu in the conservatory restaurant.

20 Kensington Close Hotel

4H

From $132

High Street Kensington A large, modern hotel, the Kensington Close boasts a stunning private garden, health club and spa with a swimming pool and fitness centre and a lovely restaurant serving European cuisine and traditional afternoon tea. The 708 guestrooms feature Molton Brown toiletries, air conditioning and access to high speed internet at an additional charge.

Superior Room

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21 Thistle Kensington Gardens

4H

From $156

Queensway Enjoying stunning views across Hyde Park, this conveniently-located hotel is situated on Bayswater Road, close to Queensway tube stop on the central line and only minutes from Oxford Street and Paddington Station. The cosy, air conditioned rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, toiletries, satellite television and 24 hour room service.

Standard Room

22 Park Plaza Victoria

4H

From $172

Victoria Located close to Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station, this well-appointed hotel features a modern Venetian restaurant, lounge bar, fitness centre and leisure club with steam room and sauna. The 299 spacious air conditioned rooms are equipped with modern amenities, Wi-Fi access and comfortable furnishings.

Superior Room River Thames, London

23 Grange Strathmore

4H

From $177

24 Doubletree by Hilton – London Westminster

From $169

Pimlico

Gloucester Road

Situated in the heart of Westminster, this contemporary hotel is perfectly located within easy reach of the city, West End and the river crossing to South Bank. The 460 rooms feature fresh decor, floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning and cutting-edge technology including iMac TVs with HD channels and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Located in the fashionable borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Grange Strathmore is housed in a beautifullyrestored London townhouse with historical ties to royalty. The property offers guests a unique blend of Victorian grandeur and contemporary amenities and each guestroom features a cosy sitting area and marble bathroom.

Queen Executive Room

Superior Double

From $191

26 Hotel Xenia

4H

Lancaster Gate

From $217

Gloucester Road

Housed in a beautifully restored terrace close to Kensington Gardens, the Arbor Hyde Park offers stylish accommodation in a tranquil location minutes away from the lively West End. Each of the 40 individually-designed guestrooms features an espresso coffee machine, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. Fresh pastries are served daily on every floor.

Superior Double

This recently-opened boutique property situated in fashionable South Kensington offers 99 luxurious guestrooms with L’occitane toiletries and cutting-edge technology. The two stylish bars, Italian restaurant with open kitchen and show cooking station, and heated outdoor herb garden provide the perfect surrounds to relax with a drink after a long day.

Classic Room

27 Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

4H

From $152

28 Dorsett Shepherds Bush

Gloucester Road

4H

LONDON • HOTELS

4H

From $176

Shepherd’s Bush

Located near the fashionable shops of Knightsbridge and Kensington High Street, just a short walk to the Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum. Converted from ten 19th century townhouses, all rooms are spacious, with contemporary decor, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. The open fireplace and deep sofas in the frescoed lounge area are a nod to the property’s Georgian history. Guests can also enjoy access to the onsite gym.

Just a five minute walk from the popular Westfield Shopping Centre, the elegant Dorsett offers 317 rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, individual-controlled air conditioning and luxury bath products. The spa features four treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and relaxation lounge and there is a 24-hour gym with the latest in cardio equipment. Don’t miss the Peking duck at the modern Asian restaurant Shikumen on the ground floor.

ENGLAND

25 Arbor Hyde Park

Standard Room

4H

Executive Room

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29 Park International Hotel

4H

From $175

30 The Rathbone

From $210

4H

Gloucester Road

Goodge Street

Offering contemporary accommodation in cosmopolitan Kensington, the Park International is superbly situated within walking distance to the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harrods and Hyde Park. The recently refurbished rooms are simply styled with contemporary furnishings, individual climate control and complimentary Wi-Fi.

A boutique hotel ideally located within a five minute walk of Soho, Oxford Street and Theatreland, the Rathbone enjoys access to some of the best London restaurants, some of which provide discounts to guests of the hotel. The 72 traditional bedrooms offer luxury toiletries, in-room safe and internet access.

Standard Double

31 The Cumberland

4H

From $167

32 Park Plaza County Hall

Marble Arch

From $147

4H Waterloo

Situated near Marble Arch in close proximity to lively Oxford Street, this contemporary hotel features striking artwork and lighting throughout the lobby and guest rooms. The modern bedrooms feature double-glazing, air conditioning and free internet access, and many often views of Hyde Park. Guests can dine on fine cuisine from one of the five kitchens, indulge at the Champagne Bar or enjoy a night out at the Chain Room and Carbon Bar.

Just south of Westminster Bridge overlooking the Thames, this familyfriendly hotel is ideally located to access the Coca Cola London Eye, Big Ben, London Aquarium, London Dungeon and the new Shrek Adventure on the popular South Bank precinct. The air conditioned bedrooms feature plasma screens, movies on demand, laptop safe, minibar and complimentary Wi-Fi. Request a room with a high floor for amazing views across the city.

Standard Room

33 Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street

4.5H

From $232

34 ME London

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Featuring modern, vibrant bedrooms furnished with luxurious fabrics and pops of colour, Mercer Street is ideally located on the Seven Dials in the heart of Covent Garden. Surrounded by Theatreland, trendy bars and restaurants, its opulent decor, state-of-the-art technology and stylish new restaurant Scoff & Banter provide a welcome oasis in the busy city centre. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and gym access.

Located in the heart of the city with theatres, exclusive boutiques and fashionable restaurants on its doorstep, the luxurious ME London stands on the historical side of the popular Gaiety Theatre. With three bars, two restaurants and a lounge, the hotel’s exceptional dining experiences are led by its Roof Bar with panoramic views of Central London. The bedrooms are an urban refuge with floor to ceiling windows, digital media hubs and premium bathroom amenities.

Standard Room

Mode Room

35 Grange Tower Bridge

5H

From $287

36 The May Fair

From $267

5H

Tower Hill

Green Park

LONDON • HOTELS

A large, modern hotel just steps from the Thames, Grange Tower Bridge provides luxurious accommodation in the redeveloped Tower Bridge district. The spacious bedrooms are well-appointed with modern technology, large bathrooms and 24 hour room service, and facilities include a private fitness club, 25 metre swimming pool and grill restaurant. Enjoy a Sunday walk to the local Borough Market or wander down to the HMS Belfast.

Executive Room

From $487

5H

An icon of contemporary design with a glamorous past, The May Fair was first opened in 1927 by King George V. The spacious bedrooms are complete with designer furniture, luxurious fabrics, state-of-the-art technology, complimentary Wi-Fi and marble bathrooms. Hotel facilities include an indulgent spa, fine-dining restaurant, fitness centre and cigar bar.

Superior Room

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LONDON APARTMENTS

St Paul’s Cathedral & Millennium Bridge

Living Room, 2 Bedroom Apartment

South Kensington Situated halfway between South Kensington and Sloane Square, this large traditional property offers 250 studio, 1 & 2 bedroom serviced apartments. There are good discounts for longer bookings, and the well-stocked kitchen and modern bathroom ensure a comfortable stay.

C Go Native Hyde Park

Lancaster Gate

E 1 The Mansions

Living Room, 2 Bedroom Apartment

Earl’s Court Ideally located, this traditional Georgian property houses 24 individually-designed apartments with unique layouts to suit various needs. Large families will enjoy the spacious 4 bedroom apartments with separate living and dining areas that sleep up to eight guests.

B Grand Plaza

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchen • Washing machine & dryer • Air conditioning • Heating • Lift • Safe • Iron • Restaurant • Parking (local charge) • Serviced daily

3.5H

Kitchen, 1 Bedroom Apartment

Featuring modern furnishings, designer toiletries and stainless steel kitchen appliances, the Go Native Hyde Park offers six floors of studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, each with its own unique style. The listed building overlooks tranquil Sussex Gardens and is within easy reach of Paddington Station.

From $254

From $546

Triple Executive Studio

Bayswater With a variety of room categories, the Grand Plaza is a good value choice for those seeking spacious, modern apartments in the heart of London. Guests can walk to Paddington, Notting Hill and Hyde Park or shop locally at the famous Whiteley’s centre in Queensway.

4H

From $255

2 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV/Hi-Fi • Fully equipped kitchen • Heating • Washing machine & dryer • Dishwasher (excl. studio & 1 bedroom) • Wi-Fi • Lift to 5th floor • Iron • Highchairs & cots (on request) • Coffee machine • Serviced daily (Mon – Fri)

Quad Executive Studio

4H

Studio Executive Apartment

Gloucester Road This group of 92 studio & 1 bedroom apartments is located in fashionable South Kensington, close to Kensington Palace and Knightsbridge shops and surrounded by boutique bars and restaurants. Those seeking extra space can choose a duplex apartment sleeping up to four guests.

1 Bedroom Apartment

4H

Living Room, 1 Bedroom Apartment

Green Park

From $383

Features: TV/Hi-Fi • Fully equipped kitchenette • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Dishwasher (excl. studio) • Wi-Fi • Air conditioning • Lift • Complimentary toiletries • Safe • Iron • Serviced weekly

F 44 Curzon Street

A collection of elegant apartments across three blocks in the heart of Mayfair, these studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments offer a quality service in a prestigious location. Some of London’s best shopping and Royal Parks are within easy reach and reception staff is on hand to provide any additional services required.

From $416

Features: TV & DVD player • Fully equipped kitchenette • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Wi-Fi • Heating • Lift • Breakfast room • Room service • Serviced daily

D Citadines South Kensington

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV & DVD player • Fully equipped kitchenette • Washing machine & dryer (excl. studio)• Dishwasher • Wi-Fi • Heating • Lift • iPod dock • Complimentary toiletries • Iron • Serviced weekly

3.5H

From $341

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchenette • Washing machine & dryer (2 & 3 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments only) • Wi-Fi • Heating • Lift (excl. 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartments) • Complimentary toiletries • Welcome pack • Iron • Serviced daily (Mon – Sat)

Prices are per apartment per night, quoted in Australian dollars, based on two people occupancy, and lead in category unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Images are of room categories as noted. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.

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3H

ENGLAND

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Book a stay at any of the apartments featured below and receive a Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise. Stay 5 nights or more and receive an exclusive additional tour, details of which you will find below.

Big Ben, London

G Cartwright Gardens

3H

Standard Studio

Russell Square Surrounded by leafy squares and historical sites on the fringes of the West End, Cartwright Gardens offers 100 simply furnished studio apartments with open-plan kitchens and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy proximity to Kings Cross St Pancras for international travel and a variety of surrounding bars and restaurants.

TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary independent day trip to Paris with return Eurostar tickets and a cruise on the River Seine.

4H From $487

Living Room, 1 Bedroom Apartment

LONDON • APARTMENTS

Pimlico Set in a quiet area of Westminster, Dolphin House is part of Dolphin Square, a residential complex with a range of onsite facilities including a contemporary indoor pool, tennis court and shopping arcade. The variety of studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments are decorated with chic contemporary furnishings.

TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary tickets for the Coca Cola London Eye.

ENGLAND

Earl’s Court A period building set beside a beautiful garden square housing a range of apartments featuring Siberian Oak floors and elegant furniture. Enjoy easy access to the local tube stop to reach London’s most popular tourist attractions or stay local and visit the Museum Quarter, Kensington Gardens, Harrods or Royal Albert Hall.

4H

From $362

Studio

Features: TV & DVD player • Fully equipped kitchenette • Washing machine & dryer • Wi-Fi • Air conditioning • Heating • Lift • Complimentary toiletries • Dry cleaning (local charge) • Serviced daily (Mon – Fri) TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary two course lunch in a traditional London inn.

3.5H

1 Bedroom Apartment

Earl’s Court Modern and spacious within easy reach of the most famous Kensington landmarks. Each of the studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments features a fully equipped kitchenette, ideally serviced by a large 24-hour Tesco supermarket next door making the property a fantastic choice for families.

J Fraser Suites Queens Gate

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchenette • Laundry facilities • Heating • Fitness centre • Swimming pool • Restaurant • Tennis court • Squash court • Safe • Iron • Hairdryer • Parking (local charge) • Serviced daily

K Presidential Apartments Kensington

Studio

H Go Native Kensington

Large Studio

Features: TV & DVD player • Fully equipped kitchenette • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Wi-Fi • Air conditioning • Heating • Complimentary toiletries • Safe • Hairdryer • Serviced weekly

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From $264

Studio

Gloucester Road A luxurious property in the heart of Kensington, Fraser Suites Queens Gate enjoys an enviable position steps away from the Victoria & Albert Museum. The rooms feature stylish decor, complimentary Wi-Fi and modern amenities. The private outdoor terrace is the perfect place to relax at the end of a long day sightseeing.

L Citadines Trafalgar Square

Living Room, 1 Bedroom Apartment

Charing Cross & Embankment Superbly located between Trafalgar Square and the River Thames, this large complex is furnished in a modern style with wooden floors and contemporary artwork. There are studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available that can sleep up to six people.

From $312

Living Room, 1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchenette • Washing machine & dryer • Dishwasher • Wi-Fi • Lift • Welcome pack • Iron • Serviced weekly TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary day trip to Stonehenge and Bath with entrance to Stonehenge included.

4H

From $398

Living Room,1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV & DVD player • Fully equipped kitchenette • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Wi-Fi • Air conditioning • Heating • Lift • Complimentary toiletries • Fitness centre • Safe • Iron • Hairdryer • Breakfast room • Serviced daily TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary Jack the Ripper bus and walking tour.

4H

From $389

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV/Hi-Fi • Fully equipped kitchenette • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Wi-Fi • Air conditioning • Lift • Safe • Iron • Highchairs & cots (on request) • Breakfast room • Parking • Serviced weekly TEMPO EXCLUSIVE*: Complimentary Champagne afternoon tea in the Criterion restaurant.

Prices are per apartment, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. *Tempo Exclusive applies to two adults per booking only. Additional occupants may choose to reserve their seats at time of booking, at an extra charge. Blackout dates, minimum stays and payment conditions may be applicable. All offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


LONDON SIGHTSEEING Total London with London Eye

Magic of London with Champagne Afternoon Tea

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 3.5 hours

Duration: 8 hours

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: Victoria Coach Station

Departs: Selected London hotels

Departs: Selected London hotels

Operates: Daily at 8.15am & 1pm (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun at 8.15am & 1pm (Nov, Dec & Mar) Fri, Sat & Sun at 8.15am & 1pm (Jan & Feb)

Operates: Daily at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Operates: Daily at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed, Sat & Sun 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Price: From $64

Price: From $224

Price: From $224

Discover London aboard a vintage double-decker bus. Stop for photos at some of London’s most iconic locations including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London before boarding your boat for a short cruise on the Thames. Also available with a final stop at the Coca Cola London Eye, Buckingham Palace, London Dungeon, Warner Brothers, a traditional London pub for lunch, or afternoon tea.

Arrive at the Tower of London before it opens to the public and be the first to see the Crown Jewels. Continue to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard (where possible) followed by a short cruise on the Thames and a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. The afternoon begins with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral including the Whispering Gallery then take a ride on the Coca Cola London Eye.

Explore the Tower of London before it opens to the public then depart for Buckingham Palace to view the Changing of the Guard (where possible). Continue to the Thames to enjoy a short cruise before spending time in Covent Garden. Take an in-depth tour of St Paul’s Cathedral including the Whispering Gallery before driving on to Park Plaza Westminster for a traditional English afternoon tea and glass of champagne.

Royal London Morning Tour

Luxury London Afternoon Tour

Jack the Ripper Evening Tour

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Walking tour & Seat in coach

Duration: 4 hours

Duration: 3.5 hours

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Selected London hotels

Departs: Grosvenor Victoria Hotel

Departs: Victoria Coach Station

Operates: Daily at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Operates: Mon – Sat at 12.45pm (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 12.45pm (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed & Sat at 12.45pm (Jan & Feb)

Operates: Daily at 7pm (Apr – Oct) Wed, Fri & Sun at 7pm (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed & Fri at 7pm (Jan & Feb)

Following a drive through the heart of central London, enter the Tower of London before opening hours and enjoy a guided tour with a Beefeater including a private viewing of the Crown Jewels. After some time to explore further on your own, drive on to Buckingham Place to view the Changing of the Guard (where possible). Finally, board a river cruise on the Thames to admire some of London’s most iconic landmarks from the water.

Small Group Guided Tour of Warner Bros Studios

Price: From $134 Enjoy an in-depth tour of St Paul’s Cathedral with your professional guide, taking time to listen to the 17th century organ, visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington and test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery (not normally visited by other tour groups). Continue to Park Plaza Westminster for cream tea and scones with strawberry jam and a glass of champagne overlooking the Houses of Parliament.

Type: Independent

Duration: 7 hours

Duration: 2.5 hours

Departs: Victoria Coach Station

Departs: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, Church Rd

Operates: Daily at 11am (Jun – Aug) Tue, Thu – Sun (Apr, May & Sep) Wed, Sat & Sun (Oct – Mar)

Operates: Daily (year round excl. 27 Jun – 10 Jul)

Enjoy a unique experience inside The Making of Harry Potter with a dedicated guide throughout the tour. See the famous cobbled streets of Diagon Alley, the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s hut and the Ministry of Magic and the latest addition – a recreation of Platform 9 ¾ with the Hogwarts Express locomotive. Note: Also available as an independent tour including return transfers and studio ticket from $132

A bone-chilling murder mystery evening that begins with a drive through the darker areas of London in a vintage open-top bus accompanied by tales of gangland warfare, butchering barbers and great train robbers. Alight at Smithfield Market for a walking tour then follow the death trail of Jack the Ripper in London’s East End. Inspect the murder sites, decipher the evidence and discuss the suspects of these unsolved crimes. The tour ends at Sherlock Holmes Pub close to Trafalgar Square.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tour

Type: Seat in coach

Price: From $172

Price: From $56

Price: From $46 Make your way to the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon and discover the history of the game from a garden party pastime to its status as a professional game. Admire the Championship Trophies, explore interactive exhibits including a new 3D art film, and memorabilia dating back to 1555. Your Blue Badge Tour Guide will take you through Centre Court, The Millennium Building, Press Interview Room, Picnic Terraces and the Water Gardens for lovely views across London.

ENGLAND

Price: From $122

LONDON • SIGHTSEEING

Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise

Houses of Parliament, London

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BEYOND LONDON SIGHTSEEING Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath

Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & the Cotswolds

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 12 hours

Duration: 11 hours

Duration: 12 hours

Departs: Selected London hotels

Departs: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Departs: Selected London hotels

Operates: Daily at 8.15am (Mar – Dec) Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Operates: Selected dates at 5.30am & 11.10am (Jan – Sep)

Operates: Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Tue, Thu & Sat at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Thu & Sat at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Price: From $194 Be among the first to enter Windsor Castle to tour the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel or spend time on your own in the beautiful local village. Travel to Stonehenge on the vast tract of the Salisbury plain to unlock the secrets of its ancient engineering then continue to Bath, with time to explore the Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and its delightful cobbled streets at your leisure. The tour includes entrance to the Roman Baths in Summer and a pub lunch Nov – Mar.

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Private Viewing of Stonehenge plus Lacock & Bath

Price: From $262 Enjoy a private viewing of the famous stones from within the stone circle (normally roped off to the public) in either the eerie morning light for sunrise or in the mystical evening, casting unique shadows over the surrounding fields. The tour also includes time to explore Bath, with a visit to the Roman Baths and Pump Room, and the picturesque village of Lacock, now owned by the National Trust and the setting of many movies including Pride and Prejudice.

Canterbury, Dover & Greenwich with Leeds Castle

Price: From $184 Absorb the history of Warwick Castle, a fantastic example of medieval architecture, banquets, battles and royal splendour. Travel through the Cotswolds towards Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy fast-track entry to Shakespeare’s birthplace followed by free time in the charming town for lunch. Finally, arrive in Oxford for a short walking tour and a visit to the renowned Christ Church College before returning to London.

Lunch in the Cotswolds

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 12 hours

Duration: 10.5 hours

Duration: 10 hours

Departs: Selected London hotels

Departs: Selected London hotels

Departs: Selected London hotels

Operates: Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Tue, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Sat & Sun (Jan & Feb)

Operates: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Wed & Sat at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Sat at 8.15am (Jan & Mar)

Operates: Tue, Fri & Sun at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Tue & Sun at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Sun at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Price: From $196

Price: From $184

Price: From $170

Arrive at Stonehenge to marvel at the 40 tonne Sarsens and volcanic blue stones, then continue to Bath for time at leisure to discover its hidden terraces and perhaps visit the Abbey or Jane Austen Centre. Drive through the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds to reach Stratford-upon-Avon where you will enjoy a unique Champagne reception in the garden of Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Experience the beauty of Leeds Castle before it opens to the public and explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards and banquet hall before time at leisure to relax in its idyllic lakeside setting. Continue along the famous white cliffs of Dover to the ancient city of Canterbury to discover its Cathedral and atmospheric old town. Finally, travel to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark before gently cruising back to London arriving at Embankment pier where the tour ends.

Explore the Cotswolds, a breathtaking area of rolling hills, stone walls and quaint villages. Visit the lovely tea houses of Burford then head south to Bibury, described by many as the prettiest village in Britain. Enjoy a fabulous two course lunch in the 17th century Swan Hotel on the River Coln then take a leisurely drive through the countryside, stopping in the charming villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Luxury Paris Day Tour with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower

Lake District in One Day

OTHER SIGHTSEEING OPTIONS Welcome to Paris

From $427

Rock and Roll Liverpool

From $311

Chester in One Day

From $277

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Independent

Duration: 14 hours

Duration: 13.5 hours

Departs: St Pancras Station

Departs: Euston Station

Operates: Mon – Sat at 6.30am (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed & Sat at 6.30am (Nov – Feb) Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 6.30am (Mar)

Operates: Mon – Fri at 8am (Apr – Oct) Mon – Wed at 8am (Nov, Dec & Mar)

Stonehenge & Afternoon in Bath

From $134

Price: Standard Class from $450 First Premier from $598

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath with lunch in Lacock

From $204

Small Group – Stonehenge, Bath & Salisbury Cathedral

From $240

Small Group – Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath

From $240

Price: Standard Class from $504 Standard Premier from $826 Enjoy a guided tour by Eurostar to Paris for a panoramic look at the city’s famous sights including Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. Use your fast-track ticket to explore the Eiffel Tower then enjoy a two course lunch with champagne overlooking the city. After a Seine River cruise you will have time at leisure before returning to London.

On arrival in Oxenholme you will be met by your local guide for a tour of the Lake District. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Coniston, explore the medieval village of Hawskhead, then visit Hill Top Farm, the inspiration for many of Beatrix Potter’s characters. Continue to Wray Castle for splendid views over Lake Windermere and enjoy afternoon tea at Lindeth Howe Country Hotel, Beatrix Potter’s former home.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


LONDON TICKETS & TRANSFERS London Oyster Card

Sightseeing London Pass

Original London Sightseeing Tour

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Duration: Approx. 3 days travel in Zones 1 & 2

Duration: 1, 3 or 6 consecutive days

Duration: 24 hour ticket

Departs: Any London Station

Departs: Exchange your voucher at 11a Charing Cross Road London

Departs: Any stop

Operates: Daily (year round) Price: From $46 Take the fuss out of your arrival into London by pre-purchasing a £20 Oyster Card. The cheapest, fastest and most flexible way to travel on the public transport network in London, this pass allows you to collect your luggage and hop straight onto the Tube to central London from Heathrow then enjoy credit that can be topped up at your leisure for travel on the buses, the Tube and the Docklands Light Rail (DLR).

Coca Cola London Eye

Operates: Daily (year round) Price: Duration 1 day 3 days 6 days

With Transport From $149 From $256 From $355

Without Transport From $117 From $184 From $245

This great value pass grants you entry to more than 60 of the city’s most popular attractions including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace on consecutive days for the duration selected. Choose to include an Oyster Card on the London transport network to save even more.

Madame Tussauds

Operates: Daily (year round) Price: From $54 Experience the best of London aboard the city’s famous open-top buses. This extremely popular transport offers the ultimate introduction to the capital, with entertaining guides, three diverse routes, three fascinating walking tours and a Thames river cruise. There are more than 90 stops in this package, providing the perfect opportunity to cover a lot of ground in a short time.

Theatre Passport

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Duration: 30 minute rotation

Duration: Approx. 2 hours

Duration: 1 show

Departs: South Bank Riverside Building County Hall

Departs: Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road

Departs: Exchange your voucher at Encore Reception Centre

Operates: Daily (year round excl. 10–22 Jan)

Operates: Daily (year round)

Operates: Daily (year round)

Price: Fast-track from $72 Champagne Experience from $87

Price: From $60

Price: Standard from $69 Deluxe from $97 Choose from a select range of the most popular musicals and plays on the London stage. See a West End show without being restricted to a specific date, at the fraction of the normal price. Attendance is subject to availability on performance days and show inclusions chnage regularly. Standard tickets include The Woman in Black, 39 Steps, Let it Be, Stamp and Thriller. Deluxe Passport is valid for Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia and Wicked.

LONDON • TICKETS & TRANSFERS

Enjoy breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames in one of the London Eye’s 32 high-tech glass capsules. The journey on the London Eye lasts approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the wheel to complete one revolution. Skip the line and purchase a fast-track ticket for priority boarding to avoid the holiday queues or enjoy a special experience with a glass of champagne or orange juice.

Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz, glamour and incredible history with over 300 wax figures, including Adele, Beyonce, One Direction, Usain Bolt, Barack Obama, The Queen and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, plus many more. For a small additional supplement you can visit the new Star Wars exhibit, featuring 16 of the most famous heroes and villains from iconic scenes.

London Theatre & Dinner Packages

Type: Independent Duration: Approx. 4 hours Departs: London restaurant on performance days Operates: Daily (year round) Price: From $170

The River Thames & Big Ben, London

LONDON TRANSFERS

Shared

Prices from A$ (per person each way)

1P

Heathrow to central London hotel or vice versa

Private 2P

1P

Executive 2P

1P

2P

$45

$45

$159

$79

$183

$91

$135

$68

$215

$108

$267

$134

London hotel to London train station or vice versa

$79

$39

Central London to Dover port or vice versa

$459

$229

$549

$274

Gatwick to central London hotel or vice versa

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ENGLAND

Enjoy a night out in London’s West End by pre-booking your theatre and dinner package. Choose from a huge range of performances, including old favourites and the latest releases updated monthly. Simply make a booking for your preferred show and choose between two fabulous options for a twocourse meal at a nearby restaurant. If you are planning a busy day you can use your dinner voucher on another night – simply request at time of booking.

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LONDON TO EUROPE CITY STAYS Discover how easy it is to connect London to cities further afield. Forget about airport queues and traffic jams as you travel directly between city centres and enjoy sightseeing tours that highlight the best of the local attractions.

From London to Loch Ness 3D/2N

London & The Somme 4D/3N

Type: Independent Rail

Type: Independent Rail

Departs: Kings Cross St Pancras Station

Departs: London Heathrow

Operates: Mon – Wed (Apr – Oct)

Operates: Tue, Thu & Sat (Apr – Oct)

Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 2 breakfasts (B) • Return rail tickets London – Edinburgh • Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle • Day tour to Loch Ness & the Highlands

Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 3 breakfasts (B) • Shared arrival transfer • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • Standard class Eurostar London – Paris • Private arrival transfer Gare du Nord Station • Minibus tour of the Somme Battlefields

Price: From $929

Price: From $1271

Day 1 London – Edinburgh Enjoy a scenic train journey to Edinburgh. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Hotel: Jurys Inn or similar Day 2 Edinburgh – Loch Ness – Edinburgh Depart early, passing the imposing Stirling Castle through Fort William to Glencoe, where you will discover the bloody history of the 1692 massacre. Stop in Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness where you can take an optional boat cruise or stroll beside the picturesque Caledonian Canal. Enjoy a tasty picnic lunch (own expense) then return to Edinburgh, passing Loch Laggan and Drumochter Pass. (B) Day 3 Edinburgh – London The day is free to explore Edinburgh further using your Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket. Stop at Edinburgh Castle to use your entry voucher then spend some time in the Old Town, or enjoy some last minute shopping on Princes Street. Make your way to the train station for your journey back to London in the evening. (B)

Day 2 London – Paris Board your vintage double-decker bus for a morning tour of the city’s best-loved monuments followed by a leisurely cruise on the River Thames. Make your way to Kings Cross St Pancras Station to board the Eurostar to Paris. Upon arrival at Gare du Nord you will be transferred to your hotel for the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Victor Hugo or similar Day 3 Paris – Somme Battlefields – Paris Experience a day of remembrance in the Somme, the site of the bloodiest fighting of World War 1. Discover the region’s battlefields, memorials and cemeteries, including Villers Bretonneux, Delville Wood, the Lochnagar Crater, Pozieres, the Welsh Memorial at Mametz Wood, Thiepval, the Ulster Tower, Beaumont-Hamal, the Newfoundland Memorial, the town of Albert and the museum at Peronne. (B) Day 4 Paris Your package ends this morning after breakfast at your hotel. Why not extend your stay in the City of Light by adding a Paris Sightseeing Pass? (B)

Loch Ness

SCOTLAND

Day 1 London Arrive at Heathrow airport and transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Spend the rest of the day discovering the British capital at your leisure. Hotel: Grange Wellington or similar

Edinburgh North Sea

Irish Sea

ENGLAND London Somme Battlefields English Channel

FRANCE

Paris Reconstructed Trench,Thiepval Woods, France

PACKAGES ENGLAND Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland

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Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Dublin, Ireland

North Sea

Dublin

IRELAND

Irish Sea Holyhead Port

ENGLAND

WALES London

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Paris Superstay with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower 3D/2N

British & Irish Connection 5D/4N

Type: Independent Rail

Type: Independent

Departs: Kings Cross St Pancras Station

Departs: Central London hotel

Operates: Fri (Apr – Oct) Sat (Nov – Mar)

Operates: Daily (year round)

Day 1 London – Paris Make your way to Kings Cross St Pancras Station and meet your guide for the early morning Eurostar to Paris. On arrival you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s most famous sights then enjoy lunch at the Eiffel Tower including a glass of champagne. In the afternoon board a Seine River cruise before spending some time at your leisure, perhaps with an optional visit to the Louvre. (L) Hotel: Mercure Terminus Nord or similar Day 2 Paris Explore Paris at your own pace thanks to your single day Visite card, allowing you unlimited travel on the transport network. You might like to wander the cobbled laneways of Montmarte, shop at the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store or visit some of Paris’s famous museums and galleries. (B) Day 3 Paris – London Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure before making your way back to Gare du Nord for the return journey to London in the evening. (B)

Short on time? A two-day package is also available from $851

Price: From $1571

Day 1 London Arrive in London and make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Grange Wellington or similar Day 2 London Enjoy an orientation tour of London by vintage open-top bus including a Thames cruise and view the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace (when possible). (B) Day 3 London – Dublin You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Holyhead port. Take a Stena Line ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin and transfer to your hotel close to the popular Temple Bar. (B) Hotel: Brooks or similar Day 4 Dublin Enjoy the flexibility of a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour today with commentary provided through multi-lingual headphones and a live guide on some routes. Stops include the Dublin Zoo, Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse. (B) Day 5 Dublin Your package concludes after breakfast at your hotel. We recommend extending your stay in Ireland by joining a coach tour (page 13). (B)

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Price: Standard Class from $1162 Standard Premier Class from $1899

Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 4 breakfasts (B) • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • Private transfer London hotel to Holyhead port • Private transfer Dublin port to hotel • Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

ENGLAND

Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in a superior hotel • 2 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) • Return Eurostar London – Paris • Panoramic tour of Paris with lunch & River Seine cruise • Paris Visite travel card

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REGIONAL ENGLAND Spend some time in the nation’s picturesque countryside showcasing the perfect combination of historical monuments, dramatic coastlines and modern city centres. Choose from a variety of characteristic hotels, inns and B&Bs on a self-drive itinerary, depart from London on an independent rail package or small group tour, and for those who prefer not to plan, our flexible, open-dated ‘Go-As-You-Please’ vouchers are ideal.

Local Street, East Sussex

The Great British Adventure 15D/14N Type: Self drive Departs: London airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 14 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 14 breakfasts (B) Price: B&B from $1330 Country Inn from $1666

Day 1 London – Windsor – Reading – Bath/Bristol (195 km) Travel west towards Bath and Bristol. We recommend stopping along the way at either Windsor Castle for a taste of British history or Legoland for a dose of family fun. Arrive at your accommodation in the early evening.

REGIONAL ENGLAND • PACKAGE

Day 2 Bath/Bristol Explore the Georgian town of Bath where you may choose to visit the Roman Baths, the Abbey or the Jane Austen Centre, a popular choice for literary buffs. In Bristol you can take in the historic harbour with a walk on the dockside and go onto Park Street, the site of Banksy’s street art. (B) Day 3 Bath/Bristol – Llangollen (257 km) Drive to Wales via the western or northern routes. Travelling west you can stop in Cardiff to visit its impressive castle and then continue to the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The northern route keeps you in England for a while longer as you drive through Gloucester, Worcester and Birmingham before arriving in Llangollen. (B)

Caernarfon Castle, Wales

Day 4 Llangollen – North Wales (83 km) Depart Llangollen through Snowdonia to the north. Explore the national park by car, foot, or bike as you choose from a number of pathways leading into this luscious forest. (B) Day 5 North Wales Explore Wales further today to view the sheer scale of Caernarfon Castle, or travel west to Anglesey where you may even choose to squeeze in a day trip to Dublin by ferry from Holyhead. We suggest you do not take the car to Dublin as many insurance policies will not cover this. (B)

ENGLAND

Day 6 North Wales – Lake District (313 km) Travel north to the Lake District. Your path may take you via the great sporting cities of Liverpool and Manchester where you can discover the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Arrive in the picturesque lakes where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Day 7 Lake District The Lake District National Park offers dramatic scenery with beautiful waterways, soft green dales and the rugged Cumbrian Mountains. Enjoy walking,

SCOTLAND Glasgow

North Sea Edinburgh Berwick-upon-Tweed

Dumfries Lake District

ENGLAND Yorkshire

Irish Sea Liverpool Caernarfon

Manchester Llangollen

WALES Cardiff

Nottingham Stratford-upon-Avon Banbury

Oxford Windsor Bristol London Reading Bath English Channel

Bath, England

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Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS William Wordsworth’s House

Grasmere Cavern Club

York Minster

York

Irish Sea Liverpool

ENGLAND Christ Church College

Oxford Bath

White Cliffs

Dover

Penzance

Roman Baths

cycling, boating or simply relaxing in an area made famous by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. (B)

and modern architecture has become a major shopping area with pedestrian precincts and galleries. (B)

Day 8 Lake District – Dumfries – Edinburgh (257 km) Travel north via Penrith and Carlisle to Dumfries and Galloway to discover a breathtaking area rich with history. Ignite your creativity with a visit to the Artists’ Town, descend into a mine, climb a windmill or just enjoy the great outdoors before travelling on to the Edinburgh region for the next three nights. (B)

Day 11 Edinburgh – Berwick-upon-Tweed – Yorkshire (325 km) Depart Edinburgh for Berwick-upon-Tweed. This border city has a rich past, and its Elizabethan town walls are a symbol of the tempestuous relationship between the English and the Scots. Continue through scenic Northumberland to Yorkshire. (B)

Day 9 Edinburgh Explore The Royal Mile, running from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood House; Princes Street, the heart of an attractive shopping area; and the New Town beyond, regarded as one of the finest Georgian cities in the world. Why not leave the driving to someone else by adding a sightseeing tour (page 44)? (B)

Day 12 Yorkshire With historic manors, picturesque villages and the scenery of open moorlands and spectacular coastlines, Yorkshire has plenty to offer. Visit Sheffield, one of the greenest cities in Europe; Leeds, with its flourishing arts and cultural scene; or venture into the countryside and the clear flowing rivers of the Yorkshire Dales. (B)

Day 10 Edinburgh – Glasgow – Edinburgh (151 km) Take a day trip to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. The once industrial waterfront is now home to museums, entertainment centres and art exhibitions, while the city centre with its mix of Georgian, Victorian

Day 13 Yorkshire – Nottingham – Stratford -upon-Avon (257 km) Travel south to Stratford-upon-Avon and stop in Nottingham with its compact city centre, ideal for stretching your legs. Recommended

attractions include The Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham Castle, the City of Caves and Green’s Windmill. (B) Day 14 Stratford-upon-Avon Just outside the Cotswolds, this delightful market town is world-famous for its Shakespearean associations. Visit the playwright’s birthplace, the childhood cottage of his wife Anne Hathaway, and of course the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. (B) Day 15 Stratford-upon-Avon – Banbury – Oxford – London (189 km) Drive to Banbury to see the statue of the ‘Fyne Lady upon a White Horse’. Continue through Oxfordshire to view the distinctive honey-coloured stone buildings set around the ivy-clad university before returning to London in the evening. (B)

Tempo Recommends

ENGLAND

English Channel

REGIONAL ENGLAND • PACKAGE

Minack Theatre

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NORTHERN ENGLAND From some of the most striking landscapes in Europe that have inspired countless artists, poets and writers, to legions of castles, ancient fortifications, grand homes and gardens built for English nobility. A warm welcome waits in vibrant cities and bustling market towns, where you can sample the food and musical traditions that characterise this beautiful and original part of England. Lake District

Navigate Yorkshire & The Lakes 5D/4N

London to The Lakes 2D/1N

Type: Self drive

Type: Independent Rail

Departs: London airport or city centre

Departs: London Euston station

Operates: Daily (year round)

Operates: Mon – Wed (Mar – Dec)

Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfasts (B)

Inclusions: • 1 night accommodation at Lindeth Howe • 1 breakfast (B), 1 dinner (D) • Return rail tickets London – Lake District • Return transfers from Oxenholme to Lake Windermere • Lake District small group tour with afternoon tea

Price: B&B from $372 Country Inn Hotels from $449

Day 1 London – York (354 km) Depart London in the morning for a day on the road. You may choose to travel via Cambridge to explore its historic market place and colleges, followed by a visit to Manchester, the gateway to the north. Arrive at your accommodation near York in the evening. Day 2 York The day is at your leisure to discover the medieval walls and churches and the stunning architecture of thriving York. Venture further into Yorkshire to experience the industrial, military and royal heritage that make this large county so fascinating for visitors. (B) Day 3 York – Lake District (185 km) Travel west towards the stunning Lake District. Perhaps stop in Teesdale to view Barnard Castle and England’s highest waterfall, High Force, before arriving at your accommodation in the early evening. (B) Day 4 Lake District Explore the numerous heritage sites and inspirational countryside of the Lake District by car, visiting the charming villages that make this region so popular. Visit the World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere, Grasmere’s Surprise View, or delve deep into the history of Cumbria at your own pace. (B)

NORTHERN ENGLAND • PACKAGES

Day 5 Lake District – London (452 km) Begin your journey back to London early to allow for a lunch stop in Birmingham. The city’s compact centre allows you to stretch your legs as you explore by bus, canal or on foot, before returning to London in the evening. (B)

Price: Standard Class from $854 First Class from $1012

Day 1 London – Lake District Depart Euston station for Oxenholme where you will join a group tour of some of the most beautiful corners of the region. Catch a glimpse of Beatrix Potter’s Lake District farms including Hill Top (excl. Fridays), peruse the medieval village of Hawkshead, enjoy a cruise on Lake Coniston followed by a visit to Wray Castle. Spend the afternoon relaxing over a quaint afternoon tea at stunning Lindeth Howe, one of Beatrix Potter’s former homes. (D) Day 2 Lake District – London The day is yours to spend at leisure. You may choose to explore the Lakeland villages of Keswick, Ambleside and Grasmere at your own pace or simply while away the hours absorbing the works of Wordsworth. Transfer to Oxenholme station for your return to London by high-speed train, arriving in the late evening. (B)

Short on time? Discover the Lake District in One Day from London on a group tour (page 26).

North Sea

Lake District

York

Irish Sea

Manchester

WALES

ENGLAND

ENGLAND

Navigate Yorkshire & The Lakes London to The Lakes

London

English Channel

Lake District

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Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


The Beatles in Liverpool 2D/1N

Steam trains, Vikings, Castles & Gardens 5D/4N

Type: Independent Rail

Type: Self drive

Departs: London Euston station

Departs: Kings Cross St Pancras Station

Operates: Mon – Fri (year round)

Operates: Daily (Apr – Oct)

Inclusions: • 1 night accommodation at The Hard Day’s Night Hotel • 1 breakfast (B) • Return rail ticket London – Liverpool • Entry to The Beatles Story • Magical Mystery Beatles Tour • Souvenir at the Cavern Club

Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 4 breakfasts (B) • York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour • Return steam train ticket Pickering – Whitby • Newcastle Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Price: From $848

Price: From $570

Day 1 London – Liverpool Depart Euston Station on a high-speed train to Liverpool. After leaving your luggage at the hotel discover the best of The Beatles on a two hour bus tour. See their birthplaces, childhood homes and places that inspired the memorable songs of John, Paul, George and Ringo including Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Be regaled with some fascinating history by your local guide then arrive at the Cavern Club to relax and enjoy some live music. Day 2 Liverpool – London After breakfast at your hotel, spend some time exploring the city at your leisure. You may wish to visit the Liverpool Football Club, take a cruise on the River Mersey or simply enjoy lunch on the waterfront. In the afternoon visit The Beatles Story, a popular attraction focusing on the life and times of the band. Take an audio guide through the exhibits before making your way to the train station for the journey back to London. (B)

Whitby Malton York

North Sea

Day 5 Newcastle – Alnwick – Newcastle – London (577 km) A highlight of the north is Alnwick Castle, Hogwart’s School in two Harry Potter Films and home to the country’s finest private art collection. Stop here before your return journey to London. (B)

Liverpool

ENGLAND

WALES Steam trains, Vikings, Castles & Gardens The Beatles in Liverpool

VALUE ADD

Tempo Recommends

London

Parsonage Hotel & Spa

Day 3 York – Ripley – Fountain Abbey – Durham (140 km) Head west to Ripley to visit the fascinating castle then continue to the Cistercian Abbey, Georgian water garden and medieval deer park at Fountains Abbey, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Continue to Durham where you may take an evening stroll by the River Wear. (B) Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Durham or similar

Travel to York by train and return from Newcastle then add car hire to your itinerary for your northern experience – please request at time of booking. 3H

From $94

Yorkshire With all the comfort of a country retreat surrounded by the stunning Yorkshire countryside, this charming family-run resort is the perfect destination for a short break. Many of the hotel guestrooms offer views across the five acres of grounds and are classically designed. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available. VALUE ADD: Stay two nights and receive a complimentary dinner afternoon tea*.

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

From $177

Bowness-on-Windermere This luxurious hotel is housed in a Victorian mansion overlooking Lake Windermere, with a private jetty on the lakeside from which to fish, cruise or try your hand at water sports. Relax in one of the comfortable bedrooms with modern facilities and indulge in the tranquil inner sanctuary of the spa to enjoy an aroma steam, fragrance shower or massage.

ENGLAND

VALUE ADD

4H

NORTHERN ENGLAND • PACKAGES • HOTELS

Irish Sea

Day 2 York – Malton – Pickering – North Yorkshire Moors Railway – York (85 km) Drive north-east today, perhaps stopping in Malton to visit Castle Howard, the film location of ‘Brideshead Revisited’ en route to Pickering. Board a traditional steam train to the fishing town of Whitby where Captain Cook set sail on his voyage to Australia. Return on the train to Pickering and drive back to York for the night. (B)

Day 4 Durham – Newcastle (33 km) Don’t miss a visit to Durham Cathedral and Castle in the morning before driving to Newcastle where you can board your Hop-On Hop-Off bus for an orientation tour of the city. Visit one of the city’s many art galleries and cross the River Tyne to Gateshead for a pint of local brew. (B) Hotel: Jurys Inn or similar

Newcastle Durham

Day 1 London – York (346 km) Depart London for the journey north to York. On arrival we recommend a visit to the magnificent York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre or National Railway Museum using your included Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket. Hotel: Holiday Inn York or similar

VALUE ADD: Stay two nights and receive a complimentary dinner*.

Whitby *Value Add is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Subject to availability at time of booking. Blackout dates and minimum stays apply.

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SOUTH WEST ENGLAND The highlights of the west country include a dramatic coastline, traditional fishing villages, delectable local cuisine and haunting prehistoric monuments. Experience the best of the deep west, driving through vibrant towns towards miles of golden beaches and the wilderness of the national park, on either a small group tour or self-drive itinerary. Port Isaac, Cornwall

Magical Land of Legends 5D/4N

Langstone Hotel

VALUE ADD

Type: Small group Departs: Greenline Coach Terminal, London Operates: Sat (19 Mar – 29 Oct) Mon (25 Apr – 03 Oct) Wed (01 Jun – 21 Sep)

4H

From $114

Portsmouth Located just off the coast on Hayling Island within close proximity to the New Forest, the Isle of Wight, the Langstone offers 148 comfortable bedrooms with modern facilities, luxury bedding and complimentary internet access. Dine at the award-winning Harbour Lights Restaurant with views over the natural harbour.

Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfast (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach

VALUE ADD: Stay two nights and receive a complimentary dinner*.

Price: B&B from $1048 Hotels from $1212

Day 1 London – Winchester – Exeter (334 km) Depart London for the historic city of Winchester, the ancient capital of Wessex, to explore its Great Hall and old town. Spend time on the rugged south Devon Coast then arrive at the fortified settlement of Exeter where you will spend the next two nights.

The Imperial Hotel

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND • PACKAGE • HOTELS

Day 4 Falmouth – Penzance – St Ives – Falmouth (136 km) Explore the West Country, from the stunning cliff top Minack Theatre and Porthcurno’s spectacular beach, to the beautiful blue waters of Land’s End. Follow the coastline to St Ives, an example of many of the Celtic and artistic communities of the area. Return to Falmouth in the evening. (B) Day 5 Falmouth – Glastonbury – Stonehenge – London (466 km) Travel back through the Devon countryside and arrive in Glastonbury in time for lunch. Renowned for its music festival, the town has mythical connections to King Arthur and Avalon. Stop to admire the legendary monoliths of Stonehenge then return to London in the evening. (B)

Torquay

St Ives Harbour Hotel

VALUE ADD

4H

From $179

St Ives Perfectly positioned overlooking Porthminster beach, the St Ives Hotel & Spa is ideally situated to take in the charm of Cornwall. The restaurant provides a wonderful dining experience serving fresh, seasonal produce with an emphasis on seafood. VALUE ADD: Stay two nights and receive a complimentary dinner*.

Note: Sightseeing in the itinerary above is at the travellers’ own expense, payable locally.

Windsor

Bristol Glastonbury Somerset

ENGLAND

Launceston Tintagel Castle

Postbridge Tavistock

St. Ives Penzance

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From $94

Enjoy panoramic views across the bay of Torquay from this impressive Victorian hotel set in 5 acres of pretty gardens on a stunning clifftop. Explore the local attractions of Devon including Dartmoor National Park and Buckfast Abbey or stay in the hotel to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, health club with swimming pool or a meal at the Regatta restaurant serving a classic British menu.

Day 2 Exeter – Postbridge – Tavistock – Exeter (115 km) Spend the morning discovering the wild moorlands and archaeological remains of the Dartmoor National Park. Stop in Postbridge and the market town of Tavistock, home to Sir Francis Drake, then return to Exeter and explore its 12th century Norman Cathedral, ancient walls and underground passages. (B) Day 3 Exeter – Launceston – Tintagel Castle – Falmouth (186 km) Travel west into Cornwall and learn of the Arthurian legends that surround the region, including the resting place of King Arthur’s sword Excalibur in Dozmary Pool. Continue to the medieval fishing village Boscastle and the romantic cliff top ruins of Tintagel Castle before arriving in Falmouth. (B)

4H

Truro

London

Bath Stonehenge Salisbury

ENGLAND Winchester

Exeter

Dartmoor English Channel

Plymouth

Falmouth

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. *Value Add is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Subject to availability at time of booking. Blackout dates and minimum stays apply. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Devon & Cornwall 9D/8N

Towards the Cornish Coast 7D/6N

Type: Self drive

Type: Premium Small Group

Departs: London airport or city centre

Departs: Grange Wellington Hotel, London

Operates: Daily (year round)

Operates: Mon (02 May – 13 Jun) Wed (13 Apr – 12 Oct) Sun (08 May – 16 Oct)

Day 1 London – Salisbury (163 km) Drive west to Salisbury. Why not detour through Stonehenge and admire Britain’s most enigmatic prehistoric monument? Arrive at your accommodation in the afternoon and spend the evening at your leisure. Day 2 Salisbury – Plymouth/Dartmoor (177 km) Drive through Dorset towards the breathtaking Jurassic Coastline. The beautiful 17th century harbour of Weymouth provides a hub of cultural activity, or you might stop for lunch further along in Lyme Regis to explore the steep streets that wind down towards a beach famous for its fossils. (B) Day 3 Plymouth/Dartmoor – Truro – Penzance/Falmouth (157 km) Travel further into Cornwall today, passing charming Cornish villages famous for their fresh seafood, including crab sandwiches in Polperro and river mussels in Fowey. Stop in Truro, Cornwall’s only large city, with its Gothic cathedral, art galleries and Royal Cornwall Museum before arriving at your accommodation in the early evening. (B) Day 4 Penzance/Falmouth Spend the day exploring the southwest of Cornwall. The spectacular coastline can be traversed easily by car, foot or bike, with stops possible in idyllic villages for ferry rides from their harbours. The western tip of the country boasts some of Europe’s best surf beaches and is the gateway to the Isles of Scilly. Day trips are available from Penzance. (B) Day 5 Penzance/Falmouth – Somerset (243 km) Depart the south and travel to Somerset via the Dartmoor National Park. Stop at the visitors’ centre and pick up walking and cycling maps or climb the park’s famous granite tors. Alternatively, spend time in Exeter and explore the city’s underground tunnels. (B) Day 6 Somerset Explore the surrounding countryside of North Devon and Somerset. You may choose to visit the monument and museum dedicated to the Duke of Wellington, Somerset Museum, local cider farms and impressive manor houses. Alternatively, head to the Exmoor coastline for some breathtaking scenery. (B) Day 7 Somerset – Bath/Bristol (104 km) On your way to the Bath and Bristol regions, consider a stop in Glastonbury. Famous for its yearly festival, the town is also thought to be the centre of many myths and legends surrounding the Holy Grail and King Arthur. (B) Day 8 Bath/Bristol Today explore the delightful cities of Bristol and Bath at your own pace. Bristol offers a fantastic harbour side lined with shops and restaurants, while Bath is a beautiful Georgian town; its Roman Baths and Jane Austen Centre are the most popular attractions. (B) Day 9 Bath/Bristol – Windsor – London (126 km) Depart for your journey back to London. Stop for a look at iconic Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and still the weekend residence of the Queen. Return to London in the afternoon. (B)

Inclusions: • 6 nights accommodation in charming hotels • 6 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D) • Services of a driver/tour leader • Transportation by mini-bus • Lunch at Rick Stein’s ‘The Seafood Restaurant’ in Padstow • Entrance to St Michael’s Mount & private guided tour of Tregothnan Estate Price: From $2875

Day 1 London – Wells – Dartmoor National Park (350 km) Depart London for Wells to explore the magnificent cathedral, medieval streets and the impressive Bishop’s Place before continuing to Dartmoor National Park. Time permitting enjoy a stop at the High Moorland Visitor centre for insight into the culture and history of the area. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your group in the heart of this dramatic rolling countryside. (D) Hotel: Two Bridges or similar Day 2 Dartmoor National Park – Port Isaac – Padstow – Falmouth (185 km) Travel north along the coast of Cornwall admiring quaint Cornish villages including Port Isaac before being treated to lunch at Rick Stein’s ‘The Seafood Restaurant’ in Padstow. Arrive in the evening to Falmouth where you will spend the next three nights. (BL) Hotel: Merchants Manor or similar Day 3 Falmouth – St Ives – St Michael’s Mount – Falmouth (96 km) Drive to St Ives and discover the traditions and history of this ancient fishing town. Journey on to Marazion for a boat ride to the island of St Michael’s Mount. Explore its medieval castle and harbour-side village before returning to Falmouth for an evening meal. (BD) Day 4 Falmouth Today you are free to explore the historic town of Falmouth. You may choose to visit the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery or take a train to Cornwall’s capital, Truro. (B) Day 5 Falmouth – Tregothnan – Fowey (76 km) Depart for Tregothnan Estate, the home of English tea, and wander through its tea plantation accompanied by a member of the Estate’s gardening team before spending the evening in the charming town of Fowey. (B) Hotel: Fowey Hotel or similar Day 6 Fowey – Polperro – Hawkchurch (209 km) After a leisurely start to the day, travel along the south coast to the quaint fishing village of Polperro then visit the magnificent Buckfast Abbey. In the evening, arrive in Hawkchurch for a farewell dinner. (BD) Hotel: Fairwater Head or similar Day 7 Hawkchurch – Salisbury – London (255 km) Explore the historic port town of Lyme Regis before travelling along the Jurassic Coast to Maiden Hill with its excavations dating back to Neolithic times. Follow the old Roman road to Salisbury where you will have the opportunity to see the original Magna Carta. Your tour ends on arrival in London. (B)

London Dartmoor National Park Port Issac Padstow Polperro Fowey Tregothnan St Michael’s Falmouth Mount

St Ives

Wells

ENGLAND Salisbury

Hawkchurch

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND • PACKAGES

Price: B&B from $732 Country Inn Hotels from $971

Maiden Hill English Channel Towards the Cornish Coast

The Hoe, Plymouth

Prefer not to drive?

ENGLAND

Inclusions: • 8 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 8 breakfasts (B)

Brit Rail offers fantastic links from London Paddington Station to Bristol, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance. Ask our reservations staff for further details. www.tempoholidays.com

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HEART OF ENGLAND & THE COTSWOLDS One of the UK’s most fascinating regions, the historical centre of England boasts the grandeur of Windsor, Oxford, and Bath and the thatched-roof limestone cottages of some of the prettiest villages in England, the Cotswolds. Serviced by the reenergised Birmingham International Airport, visit Blenheim Palace, wander the antique shops or venture further to Stratford-upon-Avon for a historical Shakespearean experience. Cotswolds

Shakespeare’s England, Wales & Cambridge 4D/3N

Circle the Cotswolds 4D/3N

Type: Small group

Type: Self drive

Departs: Greenline Coach Terminal, London

Departs: London airport or city centre

Operates: Tue (year round)

Operates: Daily (year round)

Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 3 breakfast (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach

Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 3 breakfasts (B) Price: B&B from $279 Country Inn Hotels from $327

Price: B&B from $813 Hotels from $876

Day 1 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – Ironbridge – Chester (357 km) Depart London for Stratford-upon-Avon and spend time exploring its ties to Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway. Stop in the historic valley of Ironbridge, set in a stunning forested gorge on the river Severn then continue north to medieval Chester, the gateway to North Wales.

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Day 2 Chester – Conwy – Snowdonia – Chester (202 km) Visit the impressive 13th century castle at Conwy before spending time in the Snowdonia National Park, through the Dinorwic slate quarries and dramatic Pass of Llanberis. Return to Chester for time at leisure to explore the ancient walls or the stunning medieval cathedral. (B) Day 3 Chester – Peak District National Park – Chatsworth – Lincoln (205 km) Take the scenic route through the Peak District National Park to the village of Castleton then spend time at Chatsworth House, a prominent country manor with notable collections of art and furniture on display. Continue east towards the ancient city of Lincoln where you will spend the night. (B) Day 4 Lincoln – Cambridge – London (260 km) Spend a leisurely morning in Lincoln. You may choose to visit the castle or its impressive cathedral, once the tallest building in the world! In the afternoon begin the journey south, stopping at the University City of Cambridge to see its ancient colleges, beautiful architecture and delightful River Cam before returning to London in the evening. (B)

Day 1 London – Stratford-upon-Avon (167 km) Drive west towards Oxfordshire. Consider stopping in Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’ to visit the Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library and the Bridge of Sighs. Continue north via Leamington Spa to view the stunning Royal Pump Rooms before arriving at your accommodation near Stratford. Day 2 Stratford-upon-Avon – Cheltenham (58 km) Today you can explore Stratford-upon-Avon, a quaint town famous for its Shakespeare associations. The impressive Tudor houses are set in attractive gardens, and a restful walk along the peaceful Avon River is highly recommended before you arrive in Cheltenham. (B) Day 3 Cheltenham The perfect base from which to explore the Cotswolds, Cheltenham retains its Regency heritage with townhouses featuring intricate ironwork and a natural spring popular with aristocrats of the past. (B) Day 4 Cheltenham – London (161 km) En route back to London stop in Gloucester, an old Roman settlement with some of the most impressive medieval structures in the country. Take a self-guided walk of the town or join an informative guided tour from St Michael’s tower from April to September. Return to London in the early evening. (B)

SCOTLAND North Sea

Peak District National Park

Irish Sea Conwy

Chatsworth

Chester

Lincoln Snowdonia

ENGLAND

Ironbridge

WALES

Stratford-upon-Avon

Cambridge

Cheltenham

ENGLAND

Gloucester

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London

English Channel

Lincoln Cathedral

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Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Trails of Central England 5D/4N Type: Premium Small Group Departs: Grange Wellington Hotel, London Operates: Selected Mon (25 Jan – 12 Dec) Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in charming hotels • 4 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) • Services of a driver/tour leader • Transportation by mini-bus • Traditional cream tea • Entry to one of Oxford’s colleges, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Lacock Abbey, Roman Baths, No.1 Royal Crescent, Longleat House & Avebury Stone Circle Price: From $1925

Day 2 Cotswolds – Stratford-upon-Avon – Cotswolds Explore Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, to view the Holy Trinity Church and the childhood home of his wife, Anne Hathaway. Return to the hotel via country laneways and quaint villages including Bidford, Broadway and Snowshill. (B) Day 3 Cotswolds – Lacock – Bath (114 km) Visit the village of Lacock, boasting original facades which will transport you back to the era of Jane Austen. After exploring the abbey, continue to Castle Combe for a traditional cream tea before driving to Bath to spend the evening at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Abbey Hotel or similar

Pulteney Bridge, Bath

Day 4 Bath Experience a morning tour of the Georgian city including the Roman Baths and No.1 Royal Crescent, a townhouse reflecting life in the 18th century. After an afternoon exploring at your own pace, rejoin the group for a farewell dinner. (BD) Day 5 Bath – Longleat – Avebury – London (197 km) Travel to the stately home of Longleat for a private tour of this beautiful house. Drive on to Avebury for a peaceful and unobstructed look at its Stone Circle, lesser-known but equally as impressive as Stonehenge. Later today, take a leisurely drive back to London where the tour ends. (B)

Trails of Central England The Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford

Stratford-upon-Avon

ENGLAND

Cotswolds Cirencester Lacock

Bibury Oxford

Bath Longleat

London

Avebury

Note: Itinerary subject to variation during Winter dates.

The Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford 2D/1N Type: Small group Departs: Greenline Coach Terminal, London Operates: Tue, Thu & Sun (Apr – Oct) Sat (Nov – Mar) Inclusions: • 1 night accommodation in your choice of category • 1 breakfast (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach Price: B&B from $332 Hotels from $353

Stone Circle, Avebury

Short on time? Take a tour from London to enjoy Lunch in the Cotswolds (page 26).

Day 2 Cirencester – Bibury – Stow-on-the-Wold – Oxford – London (175 km) Discover the thatched-roof churches, water meadows and beech woods of the Cotswolds scenery as you drive through the area’s distinctive villages. Visit Bibury and Stow-on-the-Wold then arrive in Bamptom to view various locations from the ‘Downton Abbey’ series. Spend time at leisure in Oxford exploring the ‘city of dreaming spires’ then return to London where your tour concludes in the evening. (B)

ENGLAND

Day 1 London – Avebury – Lacock – Bath – Cirencester (249 km) Depart London in the morning and travel to Wiltshire, stopping in Avebury to wander amidst the largest stone circle in the world. Continue to Lacock, a quaint village renowned for its medieval cloister houses and unique abbey, then spend time in Bath to admire its Georgian architecture and Roman past. Arrive at Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds to spend the evening in a quintessentially English village.

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Day 1 London – Oxford – Cotswolds (161 km) Depart London for Oxford to admire the golden stone buildings of the city of dreaming spires. Following a visit to one of the university’s iconic colleges, journey on to the Cotswolds via picturesque countryside and rolling hills and enjoy an evening meal in Chipping Campden where you will spend the next two nights. (D) Hotel: The Kings Hotel or similar

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SOUTH EAST ENGLAND Boasting acres of countryside and miles of beautiful coastline, the Garden of England is no less worthy of exploration than its northern neighbours but tends to be removed from the well-worn tourist trails. Visit the stately homes, sample the seafood gastronomy, wander the national parks and appreciate the military connections of the numerous protected beaches, all just over an hour’s drive of London. White Cliffs of Dover

Kent Castles, Gardens and Coast 3D/2N Type: Small group Departs: Greenline Coach Terminal, London Operates: Fri (year round) Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 2 breakfast (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach Price: B&B from $562 Hotels from $604

Day 1 London – Leeds Castle – Canterbury (105 km) Escape to the Garden of England, beginning with a visit to the elegant Leeds Castle then passing through a number of traditional Kentish villages before arriving in Canterbury. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure – we recommend a visit to the World Heritage site of Canterbury Cathedral. Day 2 Canterbury – Dover – Deal/Walmer – Whitstable – Canterbury (102 km) Spend the day traversing the Kent coast. Walk along the white cliffs of Dover then stop in Walmer and Deal for an optional visit to one of their historic castles or time to relax over lunch at a beachfront restaurant. Pass through Sandwich on the way to Whitstable for the best in local oysters then return to Canterbury for the evening. (B)

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Day 3 Canterbury – Rye – Biddenden Vineyards – Sissinghurst Castle – London (180 km) Travel south to Rye for a short visit of its ancient narrow lanes then continue to Biddenden Vineyards which produce some fantastic local wines and ciders. Stroll through the 22 acres and sample the finished product before driving to Sissinghurst Castle. Spend time in this 16th century hunting tower then continue to London where your tour concludes. (B) Best Western Abbots Barton

3H

From $132

Canterbury Set in the heart of Canterbury only a 5 minute walk from the city centre, this Gothic style building dates back to the 1830s and is now a picturesque hotel with two acres of gardens, on-site car parking, an elegant restaurant showcasing local produce and views of Canterbury Cathedral. The 53 guestrooms are individually styled with modern conveniences.

Dover Marina Hotel & Spa

ENGLAND

VALUE ADD

4H

From $120

Dover Perfect for those planning a sojourn to France, this property offers excellent access to the ferry terminals and is just a 10 minute drive to the Eurotunnel. Enjoy free car parking, views of the stunning white cliffs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Local attractions include Dover Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey, or spend time in the water on a wind surf or power boat. VALUE ADD: Stay two nights and receive a complimentary dinner*.

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Leeds Castle

London

Leeds Castle

Whitstable Canterbury

Deal Sissinghurst Castle Biddenden Vineyards

Dover Rye

Mercure Brighton Seafront

VALUE ADD

4H

From $203

Brighton Located right on Brighton’s seafront hotel boasts original furnishings, complimenting its Regency exterior. Enjoy a stroll down to Brighton pier before retiring to an upgraded superior or privilege guestroom for complimentary Wi-Fi, sea views, unlimited movies and a Nespresso coffee machine. VALUE ADD: Stay two nights and receive a complimentary dinner*.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. *Value Add is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Subject to availability at time of booking. Blackout dates and minimum stays apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


UNIQUE BRITISH ACCOMMODATION Experience authentic country hospitality at Tempo Holidays’ selection of properties with character and charm throughout Britain. Choose between country manor hotels, family-run accommodation, inns and bed & breakfast properties and stay in a working farm, former vicarage, Victorian mansion, former coaching lodge, or a medieval castle. Advise us of your preferred region and style of accommodation and we can put together your perfect itinerary.

Neuadd Wen Country Guest House, Carmarthen, B&B, Code S

HOTELS & INNS

BED & BREAKFAST

Category 1 – 2

Traditional inns with simple accommodation

From $91

Category 3

Small, family-run hotels

From $118

Category 4 – 5

Larger hotels with more extensive facilities

From $133

Code S

Private Facilities

From $90

Voucher Plus

With quality amenities

From $99 The Old Ferry Inn, Cornwall, Category 4

Ruthin Castle Hotel

4H

From $153

Ruthin

Set right on the English and Scottish border, this classic Georgian mansion offers bright, traditional guestrooms with a homely feel. The romantic restaurant draws produce from both sides of Britain and its unique kitchen garden, and there is free on-site parking and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Located at the gateway to Snowdonia in North Wales, Ruthin Castle is steeped in history. Originally built in the 13th century and formerly owned by Henry VIII, the property was restored in the 1800s to a beautiful retreat within acres of parkland. The hotel offers 54 bedrooms designed to reflect the character of the castle complete with modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi.

4H

From $375

Billesley Manor Hotel

4H

From $157

Bowness-on-Windermere

Stratford-upon-Avon

Once owned by Beatrix Potter, this charming country retreat is set in six acres of lush greenery and commands breathtaking views over Lake Windermere. There are cosy lounges, log fires and wimming pool, fitness room and spa. In the evening sample the finest local produce from the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

Housed in a 16th century Elizabethan manor just outside the birthplace of Shakespeare, this stunning hotel is the perfect place from which to explore the Cotswolds. The grounds hold an 11th century church, 100-year-old listed Topiary Garden, tennis courts and a swimming pool complimentary for guest use. Bedrooms are styled with traditional features combined with modern amenities.

VALUE ADD: Stay two nights and receive a complimentary dinner*.

Savill Court Hotel & Spa

4H

From $112

Bovey Castle

5H

From $294

Windsor

Dartmoor National Park

Set in a charming renovated Georgian mansion surrounded by 22 acres of secluded parkland, this is a great choice for those needing a quick getaway from London. Indulge in the property’s Savill Spa, indoor pool, gym or Jacuzzi or enjoy a fantastic day out at Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace or Ascot. The Orchid Restaurant combines traditional gourmet cuisine with elegant surroundings.

Enjoy a new level of luxury at the fabulous Bovey Castle offering a variety of unique experiences in the heart of the south west. Enjoy cider-making, archery, clay shooting, falconry, an indulgent spa treatment or round of golf on the 18-hole championship course. Each of the 63 individuallydesigned bedrooms offers a unique layout, bathroom amenities, valet parking and complimentary Wi-Fi.

*Value Add is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Subject to availability at time of booking. Blackout dates and minimum stays apply.

UNIQUE BRITISH ACCOMMODATION

From $237

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

VALUE ADD

3H

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ENGLAND

Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel

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WALES

WHY CHOOSE WALES: Marvel at the magnificence of Snowdonia’s mountains in the north, enjoy the tranquillity of the lakes and national parks in mid-Wales, and explore the lush green valleys of the south. History and myth are entangled in this ancient land where the traditional language is treasured as a living symbol of one of the oldest civilisations on earth, and antique ruins and castles share a landscape dotted with quaint villages and urban centres.

TEMPO MUST DO’S: • Take a toy train through the Snowdonia foothills • Discover the intricate country roads on a self-drive or group tour • Explore deserted castle ruins • Walk the breathtaking Pembrokeshire coastal paths

Conwy Castle, Conwy

Welsh Explorer 7D/6N Type: Premium Small Group Departs: Maldron Hotel, Cardiff Operates: 24 Apr; 08, 15, 22, 29 May; 05 Jun, 12, 19 Jun; 03, 17, 31 Jul; 14, 28 Aug; 04, 11, 25 Sep Inclusions: • 6 nights accommodation in charming hotels • 6 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) • Services of a driver/tour leader • Transportation by mini-bus • Afternoon tea at Cefn Park’s Victorian Kitchen • Welsh wine tasting • Choir concert • Welsh language lesson • Cadw Explorer Pass • Entry to St Fagans Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Caerleon Castle & Caernarfon Castle

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Price: From $2795

Day 1 Cardiff – Crickhowell (75 km) Depart Cardiff this morning for a panoramic tour of the bay area before visiting the National History Museum of Wales at St Fagans. Continue north to the Welsh Valleys and visit one of Britain’s leading mining museums before travelling to the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park where you will overnight in Crickhowell. (D) Hotel: The Bear or similar Day 2 Crickhowell – Wye Valley – Crickhowell (97 km) Travel south to Caerleon to experience one of Britain’s Roman Legionary fortresses, then travel on to the Wye Valley for some wine tasting in a Welsh vineyard. Return to Crickhowell to spend the evening at your leisure. (B)

Snowdonia National Park

Day 3 Crickhowell – Conwy (251 km) Pass the World Heritage Site of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct before enjoying afternoon tea at Cefn Park with the estate owners. In the evening attend a traditional Male Voice Choir concert in Llandudno. (B) Hotel: The Castle or similar Day 4 Conwy Spend the day exploring the medieval town of Conwy at your own pace. We recommend an optional visit to Conwy Castle or a hike up Conwy Mountain. (B) Day 5 Conwy – Nant Gwrtheyrn – Conwy (131 km) Spend the morning at Caernarfon Castle then travel along the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula to the abandoned village of Nant Gwrtheyrn where you will stop for tea and a Welsh language lesson. Return to Conwy through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park for dinner with the group. (BD)

Day 6 Conwy – Snowdonia National Park – Pembrokeshire (193 km) Continue the journey south to enjoy a ride on either the Ffestiniog or the Talyllyn steam railway then drive along the back roads to the Geredigion region. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers at your country house hotel in Pembrokeshire. (BD) Hotel: Hammet House or similar Day 7 Pembrokeshire – Cardiff (164 km) Journey around the west coast of Wales today. Following a visit to St David’s, Britain’s smallest city, your tour leader will suggest a choice of stops, including Tenby, an attractive walled seaside town. Continue to Cardiff where your tour ends on arrival in the early evening. (B)

Prefer to travel independently? Request the Coastal Wales self-drive package for a similar itinerary from $648

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


CARDIFF The capital of Wales is regarded as one of Britain’s finest cities, with world-renowned civic buildings, gardens and Victorian shopping arcades. Cardiff Bay features stunning restaurants and bars, adding to the exciting nightlife of this historical city. The Angel Hotel

VALUE ADD

3H

From $97

Best Western New House Country Hotel

Located in the heart of the Welsh Capital, the popular Angel Hotel overlooks historic Cardiff Castle. Make yourself at home in one of the contemporary and well-appointed guest rooms with complimentary refreshments and free Wi-Fi then sample some traditional Welsh cuisine in the superb Castell’s Restaurant. Onsite parking is available at a small extra charge.

4H

From $167

This lovely property is nestled on the outskirts of Cardiff and commands spectacular views of the city and Bristol Channel. Each of the 37 restored rooms are well appointed and comfortable, furnished in a traditional style with access to a fitness room, lounge with open fireplace and a restaurant serving local cuisine from an attractive outdoor patio.

VALUE ADD: Stay two nights and receive a complimentary dinner*.

From $152

Future Inn Cardiff Bay

Housed in an elegant Victorian mansion close to St David’s Shopping Centre, the elegant air conditioned bedrooms of The Parc Hotel offer 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi. There are a number of dining options including the contemporary Social Restaurant, Harlech Lounge for light bites and the Champagne Bar for a relaxing nightcap.

4H

From $123

Ideally situated in the popular Cardiff Bay, this is a good value choice within walking distance to the entertainment area of Mermaid Quay. There are 197 spacious rooms equipped with modern amenities, a contemporary British restaurant, free parking and complimentary access to the Vitality Gym located within walking distance of the hotel.

City Hall, Cardiff

Cardiff City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off

Romans & Ruins

Golden Gower

Type: Independent

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 24 hours

Duration: 8.5 hours

Duration: 8.5 hours

Departs: Cardiff Castle

Departs: The National Museum, Cathay’s Park

Departs: The National Museum, Cathay’s Park

Operates: Every 30 – 60 minutes from 10am

Operates: Wed & Sat at 9am (year round)

Operates: Thu & Sun at 9am (year round)

Price: From $36

Price: From $110

Price: From $110

Explore Cardiff independently with a 24 hour ticket on the open-top City Sightseeing bus. Hop off at sights including Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium, The National Museum of Wales, Mermaid Quay, Doctor Who Exhibition Centre, Llandaff Cathedral and the tranquil Alexandra Gardens, or stay on the loop for an hour to listen to the lively commentary.

Start the day with a visit to Caerleon, and explore the Roman bath house, amphitheatre and National Legionary Museum. Continue through Caerwent and cross the rivers Usk and Wye to reach Tintern Abbey where your guide will impart tales of the Cistercian Monks’ dedication and treachery. Return to Cardiff by way of Raglan Castle and the Monmouthshire countryside.

Visit the Dylan Thomas Centre at Swansea and gain insight into the life and works of Wales’ most celebrated writer, then continue to Gower, an area of exceptional natural beauty. Take the coastal path along the cliff tops, visit ancient monuments, travel to the northern shore at Rhossili or simply spend time at leisure taking in the views across Wales’ golden beaches.

*Value Add is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Subject to availability at time of booking. Blackout dates and minimum stays apply.

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WALES

The Parc Hotel

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SCOTLAND

WHY CHOOSE SCOTLAND: While Edinburgh and Glasgow draw the historians, art aficionados, and culture vultures, the best of Scotland is found further afield in its wild and rugged countryside. In the early months of the season you will be greeted by wildflowers in the mountain snow then prepare for crowds during the festivals in August. Seek out your family tartan, sample gourmet haggis with a 200-year-old whisky chaser, or relive clan warfare on a rugged low lying battlefield.

TEMPO MUST DO’S: • Admire the majestic peak of Britain’s highest mountain • Go off the coast on an island hopping adventure • Explore the underground Edinburgh vaults • Secure your handicap at the Old Course, St Andrews

Tangasdale Beach, Outer Hebrides

The Complete Scottish Experience – 7D/6N

SAVE 10%

Book by 31 Jan 2016

Type: Coach Departs: 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile Operates: 16, 30 May; 13, 27 Jun; 11, 25 Jul; 08, 22 Aug; 05, 19 Sep Inclusions: • 6 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 6 breakfasts (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or Mercedes • Sightseeing as per itinerary Price: B&B from $1928 Superior Guest House from $2206 Hotel from $2392

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Day 1 Edinburgh – Trossachs – Oban (278 km) Head west through the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond through the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort then continue to the seaside town of Oban. Day 2 Oban – Glencoe – Isle of Skye (202 km) Travel through the haunting landscape of Glencoe, the site of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan. Stop in Fort William and admire Britain’s tallest peak, Ben Nevis, then board the Jacobite Steam Train (May – Sep) towards Mallaig over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Proceed north and over the sea to the Isle of Skye, where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Day 3 Isle of Skye Spend the day exploring the island at your leisure. Lose yourself in the spectacular Cuillin Mountains, visit the Kilt Rock and see the capital of the island, Portree. (B)

Portree, Isle of Skye

Day 4 Isle of Skye – Portree – Loch Ness (210 km) Return to the mainland to visit the impressive Eilean Donan Castle (optional entry) perched on a small island in the western Highlands. Stop for lunch at Inverewe Gardens and take in the incredible Gruinard Bay. Your accommodation this evening is close to the fabled shores of Loch Ness where you have the chance to do an evening boat cruise (payable locally). (B) Day 5 Loch Ness – Orkney Isles (275 km) Travel north and see the coastal landscapes surrounding Moray and Cromarty Firths then board the ferry to the mysterious and magical Orkney Isles. See the chapel built by Italian prisoners of war and the Churchill Barriers, before arriving at your accommodation in Kirkwall. (B) Day 6 Orkney Isles Today you can choose to browse the craft and gift shops in the surrounding village or travel further into the Isles and take in their prehistoric marvels including the beautiful St Magnus Cathedral and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae (optional entry). (B)

Orkney Isles North Sea

Isle of Skye

Portree Glencoe Oban Trossachs

Inverness Loch Ness

SCOTLAND Pitlochry Edinburgh

Day 7 Orkney Isles – Culloden – Pitlochry – Edinburgh (505 km) Take an early ferry back to the mainland to see the vast landscapes of the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Pass the Cairngorm Mountains as you travel to the picturesque town of Pitlochry, then on to Edinburgh where your tour concludes. (B)

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


EDINBURGH Dominated by its imposing castle, Scotland’s striking capital is spread across a series of rocky hills offering diverse panoramic views across the scenic countryside and coastline. The vibrant city of contrasts is divided by its medieval Royal Mile that runs down to the Georgian New Town filled with shops, restaurants and lively nightlife.

Taste of Edinburgh 3D/2N Type: Mini break Departs: Edinburgh airport or train station Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel • 2 breakfasts (B) • Private arrival transfer • Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle Price: Jurys Inn from $310 The Place from $350 Balmoral Hotel from $623

Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive into Edinburgh and transfer by private car to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Scottish capital at your leisure. Day 2 Edinburgh The morning is free to spend on your own. If the weather is fine, why not walk through Holyrood Park to enjoy the panoramic views from Arthur’s Seat? In the afternoon meet your local guide for an unforgettable walking tour of the Royal Mile. Go where the buses can’t take you, through the courtyards, cobbled streets and dark alleyways to share the history of the city, then take a special guided visit of Edinburgh Castle. (B)

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The Jurys Inn enjoys an enviable location adjacent to the Royal Mile in the historical Old Town, less than a 5 minute walk to Waverly train station. The 186 simplyfurnished bedrooms are spacious, equipped with modern amenities and can comfortably sleep three adults. There is a lovely restaurant and bar as well as a Costa Coffee café, the perfect place to connect to the complimentary Wi-Fi and enjoy the views across the city.

Holyrood Park

4H

From $89

A modern take on the bed and breakfast concept, this central 4-star hotel offers 27 guestrooms with contemporary design and individual character. Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast cooked to order, complete with traditional Scottish delicacies, and in the evening retire to the Resident’s Bar in the drawing room. The first floor library lounge features a stunning open fireplace where guests can relax with daily newspapers and hot drinks at their leisure.

Double Room

3 The Place

4H

From $115

Boutique accommodation occupying three Georgian townhouses, The Place is filled with the history of Edinburgh society and is just a short walk from the bars and restaurants on George Street, the shopping district of Princes Street and the National Portrait Gallery. The 47 rooms are individually-styled with modern amenities sitting alongside ornate cornice work, beds with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets and windows with views across the city.

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Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, the Balmoral Hotel is a unique contemporary property that oozes luxury and charm. Beneath the iconic clock tower there are 188 opulent rooms and suites combining traditional decor with modern technology. The hotel houses a superb spa, and Number One, a restaurant that has retained a Michelin star for 13 years. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste a sample of more than 400 whiskies in the fine Scotch bar.

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo 3D/2N Type: Mini break Departs: Edinburgh hotel Operates: Sun – Fri (04 – 26 Aug) Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 2 breakfasts (B) • Standard ticket to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (sections 6 & 11) • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle with afternoon tea • 24 hour Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Price: Standard from $1032 Superior from $1175

Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive in Edinburgh and make your own way to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your own pace using your Hop-On Hop-Off bus ticket. You might like to visit the castle using your included entrance ticket to marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels, St Margaret’s Chapel and the Stone of Destiny, then enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. Standard hotel: Brooks or similar Superior hotel: The Place or similar Day 2 Edinburgh Spend the day at your leisure then make your way to Edinburgh Castle in the evening to experience the pomp and ceremony of the magnificent Military Tattoo. (B)

Edinburgh City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Day 3 Edinburgh The package ends after breakfast at your hotel. Those wishing to extend their stay are advised to request additional accommodation at time of booking to ensure the same hotels are available throughout. Availability is limited and prices can become extremely high as the festival draws closer. (B) Note: There are no performances on Sundays. A supplement to upgrade to a premium ticket (sections 7-10) is available. Please request at time of booking.

Edinburgh Castle

Scotch Whisky Experience

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Duration: 24 hours

Duration: 1 day entry

Duration: 1.5 hours

Departs: Any stop

Departs: Castle Esplanade

Departs: 354 Castlehill, Royal Mile

Operates: Daily at 9.30am (year round)

Operates: Daily from 9.30am – 5pm (year round excl. 25 & 26 Dec)

Operates: Daily (year round)

Price: From $37 Experience the best of Edinburgh when you purchase a ticket for unlimited use of the double-decker sightseeing bus for 24 hours. Commentary is delivered to your seat in a variety of languages so you can better appreciate the historical anecdotes applicable to the passing landmarks. Get on and off the bus as often as you like to discover the city at your own pace.

Secrets of the Royal Mile with Edinburgh Castle

Price: From $46 Spend as much time as you like discovering the captivating history of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction. Perched atop a huge volcanic rock, the enigmatic fortress casts a spell on all who visit. This self-guided excursion allows you to admire the Scottish Crown Jewels, St Margaret’s Chapel and the Stone of Destiny on which previous Scottish Monarchs were crowned.

Historic Vaults

Price: Silver from $38 Gold from $67 Platinum from $82 Enjoy a true Scottish experience as you take a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery and become part of the whisky making process. Along the way you will hear stories behind this magical craft, with expert tour guides and whisky advisors with you every sip of the way. Discover the aromas and flavours that appeal to your palate and lead you to your perfect Single Malt.

Eat Drink Edinburgh

Type: Walking Tour

Type: Walking Tour

Type: Walking Tour

Duration: 2.5 hours

Duration: 1.5 hours

Duration: 3.5 hours

Departs: Mercat Cross, High Street

Departs: Mercat Cross, High Street

Departs: Royal Mile

Operates: Daily at 1.30pm (year round)

Operates: Daily at 4pm (Nov – Mar) Daily at 2pm & 4pm (Apr – Oct)

Operates: Mon – Sat at 1pm & Mon – Thu at 5pm (year round)

Price: From $27

Price: From $172

Price: From $66 The perfect introduction to Edinburgh’s past. Enjoy a unique guided walk around the Old Town and its colourful Royal Mile. Let your charismatic guide envelop you in the secrets and lives of the Scottish people through the ages, then walk to the imposing Castle to enjoy a tour that will reveal its remarkable history. Battles and sieges were fought over this structure and you will be inspired by its many hidden treasures.

Explore the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults to hear of life underground in the 19th century. View the deepest, largest and most extensive tunnels with the company of your local historian and find out how the vaults shaped the city, and who lived and worked in these intriguing rooms. Don’t miss the new interactive Discovery Room with a fantastic audio visual display.

Learn about the rich food and drink culture of Edinburgh’s Old and New town with the help of a local guide. Visit unique and hidden restaurants, shops and bars with diverse history and chat to the chefs and owners of the premises as you sample individual dishes. The tour includes a starter, main course, cheese, charcuterie and dessert, Haggis neeps & tatties and a tasting of selected wines and malt whisky.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


BEYOND EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Glengoyne Distillery

Quest for the Holy Grail

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 12 hours

Duration: 9 hours

Duration: 8.5 hours

Departs: 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Departs: 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Departs: 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Operates: Daily at 8am (year round)

Operates: Daily at 9.15am (year round)

Operates: Tue & Fri at 9am (year round)

Price: From $103

Price: From $82

Price: From $82

See the best of the Highlands in a single day, travelling from Edinburgh over the majestic ancient homelands of the clans to the glorious scenery of the Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy unique experiences including a stop in Pitlochry for the best Scottish baking, a vivid recounting of the massacre of the MacDonald Clan in Glencoe, a drive past the stunning castle of Stirling and an option to cruise on the waters of Loch Ness.

Spend the day following the footsteps of Scotland’s greatest heroes – Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Admire the medieval stronghold of Stirling Castle (optional entry), the lush forests of Scotland’s first National Park and Loch Lomond’s remote northeast shores where you can take an optional cruise. The tour ends with a visit to Glengoyne (optional entry), one of the country’s most beautiful whisky distilleries for a chance to taste the true spirit of the country – Highland Malt.

Bring the medieval history of Scotland to life as you travel via the Forth Railway Bridge to Dunfermline Abbey (optional entry), the final resting place of Robert the Bruce. Explore Stirling to view the monument to William Wallace before your journey to Bannockburn, the site of Scotland’s greatest victory against the English. Finish your tour at Rosslyn Chapel (optional entry), made famous by Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, and the supposed resting place of the Holy Grail.

The West Highland Experience

The Borders Experience

Palaces, Golf & Whisky

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 11.5 hours

Duration: 10 hours

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Departs: 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Departs: 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Operates: Fri – Mon at 8am (21 Mar – 16 Oct)

Operates: Mon, Wed & Sat at 9am (21 Mar – 16 Oct)

Operates: Sat & Sun at 9am (year round)

Price: From $108

Price: From $96

Price: From $82

After a brief stop in Glasgow, travel deep into the Highlands via Luss and Loch Lomond. Pass the haunting Kilchurn Castle and the Pass of Brander before lunching at the Victorian seaside town of Oban (own expense). Visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inverary and sample traditional homemade sweets and cakes beside beautiful Loch Fyne. Return to Glasgow or Edinburgh in the evening. Note: Also available from Glasgow, 9.15am departure.

Follow the ancient Roman Dere Street connecting Scottish Caledonia with Roman Britannia. Stop at Melrose Abbey, then continue south to Alnwick Castle (optional entry), originally built to protect the north of England from Scottish invaders. After time to explore at leisure, travel along the rugged Northumberland Coast for a photo stop at the Bamburgh Castle before arriving in Edinburgh in the evening.

Travel to East Neuk, the often-forgotten corner of Fife, to explore its charming fishing villages and beautiful coastal scenery. Stop at the Kingsbarns Distillery (optional entry) to discover the whisky-making process then spend time in St Andrews, the home of golf, which boasts a stunning beach, great cafes, a famous university and an ancient cathedral. Proceed to Falkland to walk around the beautifully-preserved village and browse the craft shops before returning to Edinburgh.

Hadrian’s Wall, Roman Britain & the Scottish Borders

BEYOND EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING

Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands

Type: Seat in coach Duration: 10.5 hours Departs: 6 Waterloo Place (next to Balmoral Hotel)

SCOTLAND

Operates: Sat & Sun at 8.30am (Nov – Mar) Tue, Thu – Sun at 8.30am (Apr – Oct) Price: From $94 Journey south of Edinburgh to the remote outpost of Hadrian’s Wall, the last frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Stop at the historic border town of Jedburgh to view the remains of the Augustinian Abbey then travel through the Northumberland National Park and visit Steel Rigg. Explore the preserved Roman Fort at either Birdoswald or Vindolanda then on the return to Edinburgh, stop in the Victorian spa town of Moffat through the Galloway hills. Hadrian’s Wall

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CENTRAL SCOTLAND The nation’s heart comprises the striking Scottish capital, with its contrasting Georgian New Town and medieval Royal Mile, and the stylish Glasgow, emerging with fine museums, thriving music scene and fantastic food. Travel further by car or coach and explore the Kingdom of Fife including the iconic St Andrews, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling. The Trossachs

Taste of Glasgow 3D/2N Type: Mini break Departs: Glasgow airport or train station Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 2 breakfasts (B) • Private arrival transfer • 48 hour Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Price: Standard from $372 Superior from $472

1 Jurys Inn Glasgow

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4H

From $184

Adjacent to Glasgow Central Station, this award-winning hotel is housed in an iconic Victorian building in the city centre. Restored original features combine with modern amenities in each of the comfortable bedrooms with additional refurbishments recently made to the deluxe category. The grand staircase and the domed ceiling and marble floor of the Champagne bar are sure to impress.

Deluxe Room

4H

From $142

4 Thistle Glasgow

SCOTLAND

Housed in one of the city’s first power stations, the Indigo combines Victorian industrial architecture with modern comfort. The common areas are covered with murals painted by local Glaswegian artists and a new restaurant by renowned chef Marco Pierre White is located onsite, offering a unique take on a traditional steakhouse menu. The 94 bedrooms feature individual design, luxury amenities and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Situated on Jamaica Street in the heart of the city and within walking distance to the city’s three major stations, this contemporary hotel is perfectly placed for easy connections to other Scottish cities and beyond. The 321 spacious guestrooms provide complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, room service and free Wi-Fi, with some sleeping up to two adults and two children.

3 Hotel Indigo Glasgow

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Sauchieh

Kingston Bridge

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Day 3 Glasgow Your arrangements conclude after breakfast at the hotel. Why not add an extra day and visit Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle (page 47)? (B)

Glasgow Airport

Union St Jamaica St

Day 2 Glasgow Continue to explore this ever-evolving city aboard your open-top bus. Alight at any of the 28 conveniently-located stops including the Gallery of Modern Art, The Tall Ship or Glasgow Green, or sit back and relax as the commentary recounts the historic and cultural significance of your surroundings. (B)

University of Glasgow

W Cam

Day 1 Glasgow Arrive in Glasgow and meet your private driver for a transfer to your hotel. If it’s still early, begin your sightseeing on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, or make your way down to the riverfront to explore its burgeoning restaurant scene. Standard hotel: Jurys Inn or similar Superior hotel: Abode or similar

4H

From $147

This centrally-located property is the ideal base from which to explore the historic, sporting and leisure attractions of this lively cultural city. The air conditioned rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi and toiletries and guests can enjoy the indoor swimming pool and luxury spa, meeting rooms and restaurant offering a home-cooked British menu. There is a large onsite car park available at a small local charge.

Executive Twin

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Essential Scotland by Rail 6D/5N Type: Independent Rail Departs: Edinburgh hotel Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 5 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 5 breakfasts (B) • Standard class rail ticket Edinburgh – Glasgow • Edinburgh Scotch Whisky Experience (Silver Tour) • Entry to Glasgow National Piping Centre Price: Standard from $772 Superior from $855

Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer independently to your hotel. Standard hotel: Brooks or similar Superior hotel: The Place or similar Day 2 Edinburgh Enjoy an introduction to the proud traditions of Scotch whisky. Depart on a barrel ride through a replica distillery and hear the stories behind the brewing before viewing the largest collection of Scotch whisky in the world. Be treated to a dram of the local beverage and a takeaway tasting glass, then explore the shop and make use of your discount voucher. (B)

Day 3 Edinburgh Today is yours to spend at your leisure. Why not visit the Castle, shop in the Royal Mile or Princes Street in New Town, climb Arthur’s Seat or join a day tour to Stirling Castle or St Andrews (page 45). (B) Day 4 Edinburgh – Glasgow Depart by rail for the city of Glasgow. Previously a heavily industrialised city fraught with poverty, it has enjoyed a transformation into the art and cultural centre of Scotland. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure as you wander the streets exploring the cosmopolitan shopping opportunities, galleries and museums. (B) Standard hotel: Jurys Inn or similar Superior hotel: Abode or similar Day 5 Glasgow Today you can use your voucher to discover the history and significance of the highland bagpipe. The founding of the National Piping Centre has brought this ancient musical instrument back to prominence and the building features a museum, shop, tuition opportunities and a quaint restaurant. (B) Day 6 Glasgow Your package ends after breakfast. Why not enhance your stay by adding a day tour to the Ayrshire Coast? (B) Note: Prefer to start in Glasgow? This itinerary is also available in reverse. Contact Tempo Holidays for more details.

Glasgow City Highlights

Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 4 hours

Duration: 10 hours

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: 266 George Street, Glasgow

Departs: 266 George Street, Glasgow

Departs: 266 George Street, Glasgow

Operates: Wed, Fri & Sun at 9am (year round)

Operates: Daily at 9am (year round)

Operates: Daily (year round)

Price: From $41

Price: From $89

Price: From $78

Perfect for those with limited time, see the story of Glasgow starting in the oldest area of the city at the Cathedral then drive south past Tolbooth Steeple Clock Tower through the redeveloped riverside. Head to Pollock Country Park for the chance to visit the ancestral home then travel back through the city via the West End, home to many of the city’s finest bars and restaurants. Stop briefly to admire the Kelvingrove Art Gallery where you have the option to leave the tour before returning to George Street.

West coast villages, brilliant mountain scenery and old ruined castles abound on this day tour to discover old clan rivalries. Cross from the flat plains of the Lowlands to the rugged mountains and forest glens of the Highland boundary to visit Inveraray Castle and take a short walk along the shores of Loch Awe to Kilchurn Castle. Continue through Oban to Glencoe then return via the Rannoch Moor and Loch Lomond to Glasgow.

Travel north to Stirling, the ancient capital of Scotland, to see its imposing castle perched high on a volcanic rock and look over the scene of William Wallace’s greatest triumph. See the highlands in miniature at Trossachs National Park then admire some of the 79 islands in Scotland’s largest loch. On the return to Glasgow stop at Glengoyne Distillery for a tour (optional entry) or browse the Slainte Mhath Shop.

SCOTLAND

Glasgow

CENTRAL SCOTLAND • PACKAGE • SIGHTSEEING

Edinburgh

Also available Enjoy relaxing cruises on Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine from Tarbet, Balloch and Trossachs Pier. Contact Tempo Holidays for more details. www.tempoholidays.com

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Discover Central Scotland 6D/5N Type: Self drive Departs: Edinburgh airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 5 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 5 breakfasts (B) Price: From $550

Day 1 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Edinburgh (193 km) Depart Edinburgh and drive to St Andrews. En route you may stop in delightful fishing villages before exploring the golfing capital’s magnificent cathedral, castle ruins and university. Return to your hotel in Edinburgh’s city centre for the evening. Hotel: Brooks or similar Day 2 Edinburgh – Stirling – Oban (209 km) Travel to Stirling to visit its imposing fortress and the nearby monument to William Wallace. Continue north through the Trossachs National Park with the chance to stop at the Inverawe smokehouse to sample the traditional techniques. Arrive in the waterside village of Oban where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Oban Caledonian or similar Day 3 Isles of Mull & Iona Today we suggest taking the ferry from Oban Harbour (own expense) to spend the day exploring the Isles of Mull & Iona. Visit Iona Abbey where many Scottish kings are buried, including Macbeth, then return via Mull to Oban. (B) Day 4 Oban – Isle of Arran – Ayr (128 km) One of the greatest prehistoric sites is south of Oban where burial cairns, standing stone circles and the fort of Dunadd can be found. Take the ferry to the Isle of Arran (own expense) and stop at the whisky distillery or visit Brodick Castle & Country Park before spending the night back on the mainland. (B) Hotel: Mercure Ayr or similar Day 5 Ayr – Glasgow (271 km) Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps taking an excursion by boat further out into the sea, weather permitting. On the drive to Glasgow you may choose to visit Robert Burns Cottage in Alloway. (B) Hotel: Jurys Inn or similar

Isle of Mull

SCOTLAND Oban

St Andrews

Isle of Iona Stirling

Edinburgh Glasgow Isle of Arran

Ayr

CENTRAL SCOTLAND • PACKAGE • HOTELS

Day 6 Glasgow Your package ends after breakfast at the hotel. (B)

Oban Caledonian Hotel

3H

From $90

Scores Hotel St Andrews

3H

From $203

Oban

St Andrews

Located in a sheltered port, Oban is the gateway to the Isles of Mull and Iona and boasts stunning natural scenery from the mountains to the sea. Decorated in a traditional style to reflect the hotel’s maritime heritage, each of the 59 guestrooms includes complimentary Wi-Fi, tea & coffee making facilities and many offer spectacular views over the water.

With an enviable location just steps from the 1st tee of the famous golf course, enjoy the panoramic views of West Sands and St Andrews Bay from this lovely townhouse. Each of the traditional bedrooms boasts free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and complimentary toiletries, and there is plenty of choice for food and drink at the hotel’s two bars and restaurants.

Standard Twin

Traditional Double with Sea View

Stirling Highland Hotel

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Oban

4H

From $134

Cameron House Hotel

5H

From $225

Stirling

Loch Lomond

Housed in an impressive 19th century building, the former high school of Stirling features a health club and swimming pool, an award-winning restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi, onsite parking and a shop selling local whisky products. Stirling Castle is within walking distance and is a source of turbulent local history with such notable associations as William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.

Set right on the banks of Loch Lomond, the Baronial Cameron House offers a range of luxury suites, some with private balcony or traditional four poster bed. The property boasts a championship golf course, luxury spa with rooftop infinity pool and a Michelin star restaurant and is the first choice for those looking for that extra luxury in the heart of central Scotland.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


THE HIGHLANDS Discover the ancient landscapes, fascinating history, amazing wildlife and impressive coastline of the fascinating Scottish Highlands. Explore with a local guide to learn about the myths and legends of the Scottish clans or travel on your own, adding a cruise or two on the majestic lochs or a trip on the unique Jacobite Steam Train. Scottish Highlands

Discover the Northern Highlands 6D/5N Type: Self drive Departs: Edinburgh airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 5 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 5 breakfasts (B) Price: From $466

Day 3 Orkney Isles Take the ferry to the Stromness (own expense) to visit the chambered tomb of Maes Howe and the prehistoric site of Skara Brae, both believed to predate the Pyramids of Egypt. Return to Thurso at your leisure. (B) Day 4 Thurso – Tongue – Loch Ness – Fort William (312 km) Depart south along the mountains passing the quaint villages of Tongue and Lairg to the scenic shores of Loch Ness. We suggest a cruise (own expense) on

Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

the lake to view the ruins of Urquhart Castle before proceeding to Fort William. (B) Hotel: Moorings or similar Day 5 Fort William – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow (177 km) Pay your respects at Glencoe, the scene of the cruel massacre between two rival clans, then travel to Loch Lomond, the largest in Great Britain surrounded by beautiful woods. Stroll through the charming village of Luss then continue to the energetic city of Glasgow. (B) Hotel: Jurys Inn or similar Day 6 Glasgow Your arrangements conclude after breakfast. You may choose to drive on to Edinburgh to complete you Scottish circuit. (B)

Orkney Isles Tongue Drumnadrochit Isle of Skye

Loch Ness

Stromness

Thurso

SCOTLAND Inverness Newtonmore

Fort William Glencoe Loch Lomond Glasgow

Pitlochry

Edinburgh

Tempo Recommends Why not add a Scottish Explorer or Heritage Pass for free entry into many of Scotland’s most notable sights to enhance any of our Scottish self drive itineraries from $82

Jacobite Steam Train

Experience the Far North

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Rail

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 3.5 hours

Duration: 2.5 hours

Duration: 10 hours

Departs: Inverness bus station

Departs: Fort William train station

Departs: Bridge Street, Inverness

Operates: Daily at 2.15pm (year round)

Operates: Mon – Fri at 10.15am (May – Oct) Daily at 10.15am (Jun – Sep) Mon – Fri at 2.30pm (Jun – Aug)

Operates: Tue & Thu at 9.15 am (21 Mar – 16 Oct)

Price: From $87 Travel by coach to the banks of Loch Ness and experience a 30 minute cruise as you try to spot the elusive monster. Arrive at Urquhart Castle to discover the riotous history of this medieval fortress on a one hour entry pass. Explore the new visitor centre, enjoy the iconic views from Grant Tower and walk around the ruined grounds before returning to Inverness by coach.

Price: From $163 One of the great railway journeys of the world, the Jacobite Steam Train has enjoyed recent fame as a result of its cameo as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ in the Harry Potter films. Travel over the Glenfinnan viaduct then stop in Arisaig and Mallaig before returning to Fort William. Note: Due to train timetables from Glasgow, we recommend spending an extra night in Fort William.

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Day 2 Newtonmore – Inverness – Thurso (225 km) Travel to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and continue to the northeast tip of the country via the coast road. You may choose to visit Dunrobin Castle for an exciting falconry display before arriving in Thurso, one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. (B) Hotel: Royal Thurso or similar

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Isles

Price: From $128 Journey to the most northerly point on the British mainland stopping en route at the Black Isle and admire the wildlife at Caithness. On arrival in John O’Groats you can stroll along the cliff path and take in the dramatic views across the sea – in summer you may even spot a Puffin! Return south through the historic town of Wick and arrive in Inverness in the evening.

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Day 1 Edinburgh – Pitlochry – Newtonmore (220 km) Drive north, crossing the Firth of Forth toward Perthshire. We suggest stopping in Pitlochry to visit the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland, then admire the impressive Caringorm Mountains en route to Newtonmore where you will spend the night. Hotel: Highlander or similar

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Scottish Highlands

West Coast & The Highlands The Highlands Experience

Inverewe Garden & Estate Eilean Donan Castle

Battlefield Memorial, Culloden

Isle of Skye Kyleakin

West Coast & The Highlands 5D/4N Departs: Edinburgh at 8.30am & Glasgow at 9.45am

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Day 3 Kyleakin (Isle of Skye) Spend the day exploring the Isle of Skye, marvelling at the craggy Cuillin Mountains, Kilt Rock, the capital Portree and stunning Trotternish Peninsula before returning to Kyleakin for the night. (B)

Cairngorm National Park

Loch Lomond

Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfast (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or Mercedes • Sightseeing as per itinerary

Day 2 Oban – Kyleakin (210 km) Travel along the banks of Loch Awe and through the Pass of Brander before a stop at the haunting Glencoe. Board the famous Jacobite Steam Train in Fort William over the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig, then take a short ferry ride to the Isle of Skye. (B)

SCOTLAND

Oban

Operates: Mon (21 Mar – 16 Oct)

Day 1 Edinburgh/Glasgow – Oban (275 km) Depart the city for Kilmartin Glen to explore Scotland’s ancient past. Enjoy a guided walk through the site of the original Scots settlement at Dunadd Hill Fort, and see the Temple Wood Stone Circle. Continue to the seaside town of Oban for the evening.

Loch Ness

Fort William Glencoe

Type: Coach

Price: B&B from $1126 Superior Guest House from $1359 Hotels from $1591

Culloden

Glasgow

Edinburgh

The Highlands Experience 2D/1N Type: Coach Departs: Edinburgh at 8.30am & Glasgow at 9.45am Operates: Tue, Thu & Sat (year round) Inclusions: • 1 night accommodation in your choice of category • 1 breakfast (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary Price: B&B from $290 Superior Guest House from $372 Hotels from $406

Day 4 Kyleakin – Fort Augustus (162 km) Return to the mainland this morning with a stop at Eilean Donan Castle (optional entry). Continue through Achnasheen then stop in Inverewe Garden (optional entry) for time at leisure before arriving at your accommodation near the shores of Loch Ness. (B)

Day 1 Edinburgh/Glasgow – Glencoe – Fort Augustus (370 km) Travel north and visit Glencoe where you will learn about the massacre of the MacDonald clan, then take in the majestic heights of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Spend the evening by the tranquil shores of Loch Ness.

Day 5 Fort Augustus – Edinburgh/Glasgow (169 km) This morning you will have the chance to explore Loch Ness before heading south to visit the battlefield of Culloden (optional entry). Admire the peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains and explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry before returning to Edinburgh or Glasgow in the evening. (B)

Day 2 Fort Augustus – Culloden – Edinburgh/Glasgow (350 km) After a traditional Scottish breakfast, spend the morning exploring the Loch before driving south, stopping at Culloden (optional entry), site of the final confrontation of the Jacobite uprising. Marvel at the mountains in the Cairngorm National Park en route to a local distillery before returning to Edinburgh via Glasgow in the evening. (B)

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


The Jacobite Experience 2D/1N

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Type: Coach

Book by 31 Jan 2016

Departs: 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile Operates: Wed (11 May – 19 Oct) Sat (02 Jul – 27 Aug) Inclusions: • 1 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 1 breakfasts (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or Mercedes • Sightseeing as per itinerary Price: B&B from $476 Superior Guest House from $523 Hotels from $581

Day 1 Edinburgh – Dunkeld – Culloden – Fort Augustus (308 km) Snap a photo of the Forth Railway Bridge then take a riverside walk in the Highlands at Dunkeld. Continue through the stunning peaks of the Caingorms National Park and visit Culloden (optional entry), the site of the last stand of the Jacobite forces. Arrive at Fort Augustus and stay overnight on the banks of Loch Ness. Day 2 Fort Augustus– Jacobite Steam Train – Mallaig – Glencoe – Edinburgh (399 km) Experience one of the world’s great train journeys past Britain’s highest mountain and deepest loch, crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct to the west coast town of Mallaig. Sample the best of Scottish seafood for lunch (own expense) and continue south to the eerie Glencoe and return to Edinburgh via the beautiful Rannoch Moor. (B) Jacobite Steam Train

Fort Augustus Mallaig

Culloden

SCOTLAND Dunkeld

Glencoe

River Etive, Glencoe

3H

From $141

Culloden House Hotel

4H

From $212

Fort Augustus

Inverness

Situated on the southern tip of Loch Ness, this beautiful Victorian building enjoys an enviable position in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The hotel values customer service and takes an eco-friendly stance towards hospitality, with a Trees for Life scheme and a bio mass wood chip boiler. Bedrooms balance traditional and contemporary features and most have views to the surrounding mountains or the Caledonian Canal.

Standing on nearly 40 acres of woodland and private gardens, this beautiful mansion hotel is ideally located close to the Culloden Battlefield Experience and is the former hunting lodge of Bonnie Prince Charlie. After a day exploring the surrounding heritage sites and attractions on your doorstep, relax in the comfortable drawing room by the open fire, play croquet, indulge in rare whisky and detox in the sauna.

Glenspean Lodge

4H

From $171

Newton Hotel

4H

From $123

Fort William

Nairn

A former private hunting lodge, this boutique property has been refurbished into a prestigious hotel, boasting a quality restaurant, snooker room, jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Each bedroom has been individually styled and features modern amenities and quaint furnishings. Explore the surrounding former shooting grounds of royalty simply relax with a good book and a wee dram.

Once regularly frequented by Charlie Chaplin, this former family home dates back to the 17th century and overlooks the Moray Firth and beyond to the Black Isle. The location offers unrivalled peace and tranquillity, just 10 minutes from Inverness airport and close to Nairn train station. Facilities include a lounge bar and restaurant, room service, complimentary Wi-Fi and free car parking onsite.

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The Lovat Hotel

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Edinburgh

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THE SCOTTISH ISLES Infamous for the Jacobite rebellion, clan warfare and the Highland clearances, the Isle of Skye has a rich and dark history, while further north the Orkney Islands boast dramatic scenery and one of Europe’s greatest concentrations of prehistoric sites. Those with more time can venture further, taking in the Outer Hebrides, Iona, Mull, Islay and Harris for a truly untouched wilderness experience. Isle of Skye

Island Hopping Adventure 14D/13N Type: Small group Departs: 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh Operates: Mon (04 Apr – 19 Sep) Sat (25 May – 10 Sep) Inclusions: • 13 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 13 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach Price: B&B from $3779 Hotel from $4522

Day 1 Edinburgh – Inverary – Argyll – Oban (236 km) Depart Edinburgh for the west to admire the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. See the magnificent white-washed 18th century town of Inverary then spend the afternoon in Argyll before arriving in the bustling seaside town of Oban where you will spend the next two nights. Day 2 Oban – Isles of Mull & Iona – Oban (151 km) Spend the day island hopping, exploring the dramatic coastline of Mull then cruise to peaceful Iona, the birthplace of Celtic Christianity and ancient burial ground of Scottish kings. Take an optional boat trip to the basalt columns on the island of Staffa then return to Oban. (B)

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Day 10 Ullapool – Stornoway (86 km) Catch the morning ferry and sail along Loch Broom, crossing the Minch to Stornoway, the capital of the Outer Hebrides on the Isle of Lewis. In the afternoon explore the northwest coast from Arnol to the Butt of Lewis before returning to Stornoway. (B) Day 11 Isle of Lewis Explore some of the finest beaches and prehistoric remains on the island. See the Broch of Carloway and traditional crofting communities then visit the ancient stone circle of Callanish. Admire the dramatic sea cliffs and rugged hills at Ulg, the most remote point of the Western Isles. (B) Day 12 Stornoway – Isle of Harris – Portree (246 km) Travel to the more mountainous Isle of Harris, famous for its local tweed and stunning white sands of Luskentyre. After a morning exploring the south of the island take a late afternoon ferry to Skye and proceed to your next overnight stay in the village of Portree. (B) Day 13 Isle of Skye Spend the day discovering the best of Skye. See the 13th century home of the Clan Macleod, Dunvegan Castle, the emerald green valley of Glendale, or the waterfalls at Glenbrittle. Return to Portree in the evening. (B) Day 14 Portree – Eilean Donan Castle – Fort William – Edinburgh (337 km) The return journey to Edinburgh is filled with highlights including a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and the village of Killin in the Central Highlands beside the Falls of Dochart. (B)

Day 3 Oban – Glencoe – Plockton (254 km) Travel north along the west coast, passing Castle Stalker and the infamous scene of the Glencoe massacre. Travel through Fort William and the Great Glen to the north. Your accommodation this evening is in the picturesque fishing village of Plockton. (B)

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Day 4 Isle of Skye Spend the day on Skye, where the weather will dictate the day’s activities. You may travel north to Kilt Rock waterfall or Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse and in the afternoon visit Elgol for breathtaking seascapes and views of the Cuillin before returning to the mainland for an evening at leisure. (B)

• Orkney & Scotland’s Northern Coast – 5D/4N B&B from $1159

This tour is made up of three separate itineraries. • Iona, Mull & the Isle of Skye – 5D/4N B&B from $1182

• Outer Hebrides Adventure – 6D/5N B&B from $1438

Day 5 Plockton – Eilean Donan Castle – Loch Ness – Inverness (196 km) Travel south to Eilean Donan Castle, built to protect against Viking raiders. Drive past the Five Sisters of Kintail to the majestic Loch Ness for lunch then continue north on the second part of your tour, following the Great Glen to arrive in Inverness for an overnight stay. (B) Day 6 Inverness – John O’Groats – Kirkwall (252 km) Depart the Highland capital, crossing over the Black Isle through some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery for the chance to see golden eagles and red deer. Board a ferry at the mainland’s northernmost point to the Orkney Archipelago and drive to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, your home for the next two nights. (B) Day 7 Orkney Isles Explore the ancient island of contrasts, where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Visit the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mystical stone circle at Brodgar and the seaboard village of Stromness before returning to Kirkwall. (B) Day 8 Kirkwall – Ardvreck Castle – Ullapool (292 km) Depart Orkney and travel across Scotland’s northern coast road through the western mountains to Ardvreck Castle. Continue to Ullapool at the mouth of Loch Broom and spend the evening in this ancient fishing village. (B) Day 9 Ullapool Spend the day at leisure before joining your final leg of the tour. Browse the small craft boutiques, take a local boat on a cruise of the Summer Islands or hike Claypool Hill for wonderful views over the Highlands. (B)

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John O'Groats Ardvreck Castle

Isle of Lewis

North Sea

Stornoway Isle of Harris

Ullapool

Isle of Skye

Skye Plockton

Portree

Inverness Loch Ness

Eilean Donan Castle

SCOTLAND Fort William Glencoe

Isle of Mull Oban Isle of Iona

Inverary Edinburgh

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Shetland & Orkney Island Drive 10D/9N Type: Self drive Departs: Edinburgh airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 7 breakfasts (B) • 2 nights accommodation in a 2 berth outside cabin • Ferry Aberdeen – Lerwick, Lerwick – Kirkwall, Kirkwall – Aberdeen Price: Hotel from $2415

Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive in Edinburgh and make your way to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Queensferry or similar Day 2 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Perthshire (142 km) Drive to St Andrews, the home of the country’s oldest university Continue north where you have the chance to visit Scone Palace, the site of The Stone of Destiny in the 9th century, now found in Edinburgh Castle. (B) Hotel: Lovat Hotel or similar Day 3 Perthshire – Speyside/Deeside – Aberdeen (217 km) Choose your route today driving through Speyside and Deeside towards Aberdeen. Notable properties to visit include Glamis Castle, the childhood home of The Queen Mother, Balmoral Castle, the current Highland family home of the royals, and Crathes Castle, showcasing remarkable original painted ceilings and famous walled gardens. (B) Hotel: Jurys Inn or similar

The Orkney Experience 4D/3N

Day 4 Aberdeen – Stonehaven – Shetland (411 km) Spend the day in Aberdeen, a maritime city with ancient trade links to Scandinavia. See Duthie Park and its Winter Gardens then take a drive down to Stonehaven to view the spectacular cliff top ruins of Dunnottar Castle. In the evening check into your private cabin on board the ferry to the Shetland Islands. (B) Overnight: 2 berth cabin

Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 3 breakfasts (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or Mercedes • Sightseeing as per itinerary

Type: Coach Departs: 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile Operates: 19 May; 02, 16, 30 Jun; 14, 28 Jul; 11, 25 Aug; 8, 22 Sep

Day 3 The Orkney Isles Spend the day exploring the Orkney Islands from your base in Kirkwall. You might like to peruse the town’s numerous craft shops or visit some of the area’s prehistoric marvels including the Maeshowe chambered cairn, the world-renowned Neolithic village of Skara Brae, or the brooding stone circles of Stenness and the Ring O’Brodgar (optional extras). The day ends with an included visit to the beautiful St Magnus Cathedral. (B)

Price: B&B from $1103 Superior Guesthouse from $1277 Hotel from $1382

Day 4 Kirkwall – Edinburgh (498 km) Catch an early ferry back to the mainland and pass through Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Return to Edinburgh, stopping en route at the Culloden Battlefield (optional entry) and the charming village of Pitlochry. The tour ends in the evening on arrival in Edinburgh. (B)

Day 1 Edinburgh – Fort Augustus (328 km) Head west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Continue via the haunting landscape of Glencoe and through Fort William and the Great Glen to the fabled shores of Loch Ness where you can enjoy an optional evening boat cruise.

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Lerwick

Day 7 Orkney Isles Explore Orkney at your own pace, visiting key prehistoric sites of the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Skara Brae, a village preserved for more than 5000 years. (B) Day 8 Orkney Isles Today you will have the opportunity to visit St Magnus Cathedral, the Renaissance Earl’s Palace and Scapa Flow with its Churchill Barriers. Spend time in the main street of Kirkwall lined with flag stones and 16th century houses where you can shop for pottery, amber, knitware then board your ferry in the evening to return to Aberdeen. (B) Overnight: 2 berth cabin Day 9 Aberdeen – Edinburgh (204 km) Depart the ferry for the drive south to Edinburgh.You may wish to add an afternoon walking tour of the historic vaults underground, or take a tour of Edinburgh Castle (page 44). Hotel: Queensferry or similar Day 10 Edinburgh Your package conclude after breakfast at your hotel. (B)

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Day 6 Shetland – Orkney (210 km) Search for the wildlife best associated with the Shetland Islands including the Puffin, Shetland pony and seals that laze on the white sandy beaches. You may choose to purchase some local jewellery which has a strong Viking influence before boarding the ferry again for the 5 hour journey to Kirkwall. (B) Hotel: Ayre or similar

Day 2 Fort Augustus – Kirkwall (274 km) Drive north via the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty firths, then board a ferry for a memorable crossing to the magical Orkney Isles. On arrival take in some of the islands’ highlights, including the Italian Chapel and famous Churchill Barriers – causeways constructed to protect the British naval fleet from submarines. (B)

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Day 5 Shetland On waking in Lerwick, drive south and step into the life of a Shetland crofter at the Croft House Museum or explore the Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement. Hotel: Shetland or similar

Shetland Pony

St Andrews Edinburgh

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The Skye Experience 3D/2N

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Type: Coach Departs: Edinburgh at 8.30am & Glasgow at 9.45am Operates: Wed & Sat (year round) Mon (21 Mar – 16 Oct) Fri (27 May – 16 Sep) Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 2 breakfasts (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or Mercedes • Sightseeing as per itinerary Price: B&B from $538 Superior Guest House from $638 Hotels from $684

Day 1 Edinburgh/Glasgow – Culloden – Loch Ness (325 km) Depart Edinburgh, driving past Glasgow and Stirling Castle to the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces at Culloden (optional entry). Arrive in Loch Ness where you have the chance to take an optional cruise to Urquhart Castle or just keep your eye out for monsters from the grassy shore before retiring for the night. Day 2 Loch Ness – Eilean Donan Castle – Isle of Skye (106 km) Drive to Eilean Donan Castle (optional entry) then cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Spend time marvelling at the craggy Cuillin Mountains, Kilt Rock and the stunning Trotternish Peninsula. (B) Day 3 Isle of Skye – Fort William – Glencoe – Edinburgh (339 km) Explore the outdoor capital of Scotland in Fort William and take in the views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain. Take an optional tour of a whisky distillery then learn the brutal story of the MacDonald Clan massacre in Glencoe then return to Edinburgh, via Glasgow. (B)

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Bridgend Hotel

Also available • Inverness Skye Experience 2D/1N Coach Tour from Inverness from $377 • Orkney Isles & Far North 3D/2N Coach Tour from Inverness from $766 • Lewis & Harris 3D/2N Coach Tour from Inverness from $812

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• Marine boat tours from Oban and the Isles of Skye and Mull from $54

3H

From $242

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Fort William

Glasgow

Skeabost Country House Hotel

3H

From $249

Isle of Islay

Portree

With only 11 ensuite bedrooms, guests can be assured of a high quality of service in a boutique hotel environment. There is ample on-site parking, a restaurant serving game from the local Islay Estates and guests can enjoy complimentary access to bank fishing with great local rates for trout boats on Loch Gorm and Loch Finlaggan.

An inviting country house established as a hunting lodge in 1870, the Skeabost Country House Hotel features stunning views over the sea and elegant public areas. There is a 9 hole golf course and access to a salmon and trout river on which the owners sail their yacht on luxury day tours. Hotel facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a fine dining restaurant and a lovely billiard room.

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View of Ben Nevis

3H

From $132

Cuillin Hills Hotel

4H

From $166

Tarbert

Portree

Family owned and operated for more than 100 years, this boutique accommodation is the ideal base from which to explore the islands of Lewis and Harris. Enjoy traditional hospitality, beautiful food, individually decorated rooms, and a visitor book showing a number of famous guests. You can still see the initials of J.M Barrie etched on the dining room window.

This popular property is a former shooting lodge of the MacDonald clan, set in 15 acres of private gardens overlooking Portree Bay and the Cuillin mountain range on the Isle of Skye. Each of the 27 guestrooms blends comfortable tradition with modern style and feature complimentary toiletries and free WiFi. Parking is available on-site and the hotel’s gourmet restaurant is not to be missed.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


SCOTTISH CASTLES & MANORS Take a unique journey along the castle trail of the Royal Deeside and into the Highlands to view grand prisons, fortresses and manor houses dotted along the coast and countryside. Many have been converted into hotels, allowing you the opportunity to experience true Scottish heritage. Choose between a small group tour and our suggested self-drive itinerary, or plot your own course using some of our favourite properties as listed below.

Live Like a Clan Chief 8D/7N Type: Self drive Departs: Edinburgh airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in castle or manor house hotels • 7 breakfasts (B) Price: From $1257

Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive in Edinburgh and make your way to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring this exciting city at your leisure. Hotel: Melville Castle or similar Day 2 Edinburgh – Perthshire – Aberdeen (Inverurie) (299 km) Depart Edinburgh and head north across the Forth Road Bridge to Scone Palace, where Scottish kings were once crowned. Continue to Braemer in Royal Deeside, home to the Royal Family’s Highland retreat, Balmoral Castle. (B) Hotel: Kildrummy Castle or similar Day 3 Inverurie – Castle Trail – Inverurie (104 km) Spend the day following the Castle Trail through the Grampian Mountains. This scenic region is home to some of the world’s most interesting castles. (B) Hotel: Pittodrie House or similar

Day 6 Dingwall – Loch Ness – Fort William – Argyll (105 km) Drive along the shores of Loch Ness to admire the 12th century Urquhart Castle. Follow the Caledonian Canal along Loch Lochy to Fort William, a town in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Proceed to Loch Fyne for a drive through the wonderful countryside and arrive at Stonefield Castle

your hotel near Oban, featuring panoramic views of the nearby islands. (B) Hotel: Knipoch or similar Day 7 Argyll – Loch Lomond – Edinburgh (250 km) Marvel at Loch Lomond before visiting Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most beautiful buildings. Return to Edinburgh and spend the evening discovering the delights of the Scottish capital at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Melville Castle or similar Day 8 Edinburgh Your arrangements conclude after breakfast at your hotel. (B)

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Fort William Argyll

Perthshire

Loch Lomond Edinburgh

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Tempo Recommends Add a Scottish Explorer or Heritage Pass for entry into many of the castle highlights on your self drive itinerary from $82

3H

From $136

Dalhousie Castle

4H

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Day 5 The Highlands Spend the day at leisure. You may choose to visit Inverness to explore the gateway to the Highlands then continue northwest to the famous Inverewe Gardens, located on Loch Ewe. (B)

Scone Palace, Perthshire

From $197

Tarbert

Edinburgh

Dating back to 1837, Stonefield boasts baronial Scottish architecture, original furnishings and marble fireplaces. Each bedroom is individually decorated, and all have views over 60 acres of woodland gardens and nearby Loch Fyne. Guests can relax with a local whisky by the open log fire in the elegant wood-panelled bar and enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and free parking onsite.

Just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh is Dalhousie Castle, a magnificent 13th century fortress set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque River Esk. Enjoy a gourmet banquet experience in the Dungeon Restaurant, indulge in a treatment at the hydro spa or request unique accommodation in one of the many themed bedrooms. Falconry and archery are also available to experience on the castle grounds.

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Day 4 Inverurie – Malt Whisky Trail – Dingwall (142 km) Follow the Malt Whisky Trail to some of Scotland’s distilleries, including Glenfiddich near Dufftown. Continue to Nairn and pay a visit to the romantic Cawdor Castle before arriving at your grand hotel in the Highlands. (B) Hotel: Tulloch Castle or similar

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Scottish Castle Experience 4D/3N Type: Small group Departs: 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh Operates: 06 May, 10 Jun, 08 Jul, 5 Aug, 02 & 30 Sep Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in manor hotels • 3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary Price: From $1159

Day 1 Edinburgh – Falkland Palace – St Andrews – Inverurie (247 km) Travel into the Kingdom of Fife, stopping at Falkland Palace for a private tour. Continue to St Andrews for a guided walk of the town then on to the House of Dun and Dunnottar Castle. Your accommodation for the next two nights is at stunning Thainstone House just north of Aberdeen. Hotel: Thainstone House or similar Day 2 Inverurie – Banchory – Ballater – Inverurie (146 km) Visit the great tower house of Castle Fraser with its stunning walled garden then take a short nature walk in Glen Tanar near Banchory to spot the salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh. The afternoon is spent at Crathes Castle where turrets and gargoyles are surrounded by beautiful grounds of colourful flowers and June Borders. (B)

Crathes Castle

Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

Day 3 Inverurie – Turriff – Nairn – Culloden – Forres (197 km) Drive north and explore Fyvie Castle near Turriff before it is open to the public. Have lunch at Brodie Castle and admire its rich art collection then take the Clan walk at the Culloden Visitor Centre. Join your group for dinner in a private room at your manor house hotel. (BD) Hotel: Knockomie Hotel or similar Day 4 Forres – Dalwhinnie – Pitlochry – Loch Leven – Edinburgh (267 km) Today you will see the stunning Cairngorms National Park as you make your way to the Dalwhinnie Distillery for a tour and tasting. After lunch in Pitlochry head south to Loch Leven and take a boat ride to the castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned before her dramatic escape. Explore the area at leisure before returning back to Edinburgh in the evening. (B) 4H

From $167

North Sea Brodie Castle

Forres

Fyvie Castle

Culloden

Inverurie

Cairngorms National Park Dalwhinnie Distillery

Ballater Banchory Pitlochry

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St Andrews

Loch Leven

Falkland Palace Edinburgh

Tulloch Castle Hotel

4H

From $128

SCOTTISH CASTLES & MANORS

Glasgow

Dingwall

A truly special red sandstone property, Sherbrooke Castle is set in landscaped gardens and is located just 10 minutes from Glasgow city centre. There is plenty of onsite parking available, a restaurant serving local produce, and the recently-renovated bedrooms are furnished in a traditional style with luxury bedding, modern amenities and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Enjoy warm hospitality and discover the rich history, period features and ornate ceilings of this 12th century castle hotel which features just 20 well-appointed bedrooms. Located just a five-minute drive from Dingwall and with connections by air and rail to Inverness, it is the perfect base from which to explore the area’s quaint Highland villages, Whisky Trail and Loch Ness.

Kildrummy Castle Hotel

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Dunnottar Castle

4H

From $145

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

4H

From $457

Aberdeenshire

Fort William

Set in the Grampian Highlands in Aberdeenshire, this traditional hotel is the perfect stop between Edinburgh and Inverness and is ideal for a visit to whisky country. The 16 unique bedrooms are all located in the 18th century house built on the grounds of the original 13th century castle, and the bright and airy drawing room offers views over the ruins.

Uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands, the Inverlochy Castle Hotel offers 17 bedrooms with individual character and modern facilities. There are three dining rooms, each decorated with period furniture, and the hotel’s colourful history includes a visit from Queen Victoria who spend a week at the property sketching and painting in 1873.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


NORTHERN IRELAND

WHY CHOOSE NORTHERN IRELAND: A distinctive corner of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland boasts rich political history, Gaelic mythology and rugged coastal landscapes. Hire a car and explore the winding roads of the Nine Glens of Antrim for breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys and beaches, then deviate south to the rural Irish countryside for a dash of Irish Cream and an overnight stay in a quaint medieval village.

TEMPO MUST DO’S: • Visit the oldest licenced distillery at Bushmills • Take a personal political history tour of Belfast • Admire the dramatic film locations from Game of Thrones • Circle the 400-year-old Derry Walls for great views of the city

The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney

BELFAST A great place from which to discover the local legends of the North, Belfast offers its own unique city stay with a bustling centre and enigmatic nightlife. Forget ‘The Troubles’ and enjoy the lively present where Victorian neighbourhoods meet the birthplace of the Titanic.

Taste of Belfast 3D/2N Type: Mini break Departs: Belfast airport or train station

BELFAST • PACKAGE

Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 2 breakfasts (B) • 48 hour Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Price: Standard from $259 Superior from $300

Day 1 Belfast Arrive in Belfast and make your own way to the hotel. Standard hotel: Jurys Inn or similar Superior hotel: Europa Hotel Belfast or similar

Day 3 Belfast Your arrangements end after breakfast. Why not extend your time in the north with a day tour out to the mystical film locations from Game of Thrones (page 58)? (B)

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Day 2 Belfast Spend the day exploring Belfast at your own pace with your 48 hour sightseeing pass. The tour includes a live guide and comprehensive stops all over the city and surrounds including the Titanic Shipyards, Belfast Peace Wall, Queens University and St George’s Market. (B)

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2 Malone Lodge

Situated on the Golden Mile in the centre of Belfast adjacent to the Opera House and City Hall, Great Victoria Street station is only a three minute walk away. The hotel features an all-day Costa Coffee bar, 190 spacious rooms with complimentary toiletries and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Rooms can accommodate up to two adults and two young children aged under 12 years.

4H

From $106

Refurbished in 2013, this hidden gem is located in the popular Queens quarter in the south of the city, just a 15 minute walk to the centre. Enjoy complimentary car parking, free Wi-Fi and a traditional Irish breakfast from the adjacent Knife and Fork Grill Deli, a popular restaurant serving fresh local produce. Rooms are furnished in soft muted tones and luxurious fabrics.

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3 Europa Hotel Belfast

4H

From $204

4 Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

BELFAST • HOTELS • SIGHTSEEING

Located across the road from the worldfamous Crown Bar on Victoria Street, the Europa Hotel is in the heart of Belfast’s entertainment district. The property offers 272 rooms and suites with elegant decor, rain showers, iPod dock and designer bedding. Classic rooms offer views over the Black Mountains while the piano lounge provides a relaxing place to enjoy an evening cocktail after a long day of sightseeing.

Classic Room

Titanic Belfast

5H

From $146

Located beside the Grand Opera House on Great Victoria Street, the luxurious property offers stylish accommodation with all modern conveniences. Rooms feature Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrobes, separate bath and shower and designer toiletries. The onsite restaurant features an all-day menu, caters for in-room dining, and is refreshingly affordable.

Executive Room

Black Taxi Belfast City Tour

Game of Thrones (ex Belfast)

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Duration: 1.5 hours

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Departs: Titanic Belfast, Queen’s Road

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Departs: Europa Hotel, Great Victoria Street

Operates: Daily at 10am (year round)

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Visit the birthplace of the Titanic and discover its history from conception in Belfast to the infamous maiden voyage. The nine galleries feature special effects, mysterious rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive exhibits going beyond the aftermath of the sinking with a live undersea exploration centre. Follow the journey of one of the passengers, visit their accommodation on board and relive the experience like never before.

Experience a personal political history tour of Belfast’s main attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Clock, Crumlin Road Jail and Court House and Queens University. You will see some of the city’s more alternative sites, such as the political murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and Catholic Falls Road, and the infamous Peaceline, which offers a unique insight into the period of Irish history referred to as ‘The Troubles’.

Tour the most popular locations with local guides and take advantage of their wealth of knowledge of the filming process as well as being diehard fans of the show themselves! Depending on your day of departure you may see Cushendun, Ballintoy Harbour, Giant’s Causeway, Larrybane, The Dark Hedges, Tollymore Forest Park, Inch Abbey and Audleys Castle & Castle Ward, all with fascinating connections to the houses of Stark, Baratheon, Lannister and Targaryen.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


REGIONAL NORTHERN IRELAND Game of Thrones Self Drive 3D/2N Type: Self drive Departs: Belfast airport or train station Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 2 breakfasts (B) Price: From $234

Day 1 Belfast – Ballygally – Glenarm (64 km) Depart Belfast on the famed Causeway Coastal Route passing strange rock formations and dramatic scenery to Cairncastle, near Ballygally. It was here that the Game of Thrones began. Continue to the castle of Glenarm where the local jewellery company that provides many of the series’ most stunning pieces is located. Explore beautiful Glenarm Forest Park before arriving at your accommodation for the evening. Hotel: Londonderry Arms or similar

Portrush Derry

The Dark Hedges

Cushendun Glenarm

Ballymoney

Slemish Mountain

Broughshane NORTHERN IRELAND

Cairncastle

Belfast

Day 3 Portrush – Ballymoney – Derry (98 km) Make your way inland to the haunting avenue of trees known as ‘The Dark Hedges’ where Ayra Stark escaped from King’s Landing. Return to the coast road for a final look at the golden beaches and sweeping seaside before arriving in Derry, a unique walled city with a dynamic history, where your arrangements end. (B) 3H

From $118

Carnlough Located in the small coastal village of Carnlough, this quaint hotel formerly owned by Winston Churchill offers 35 individually-designed guestrooms and two restaurants. After a hearty Irish breakfast take a 20 minute walk from the hotel to Cranny falls for beautiful views over Glencloy River and Carnlough Bay.

Adelphi Portrush

Ballycastle

4H

From $117

Portrush A boutique hotel with 28 spacious bedrooms and modern amenities. The Adelphi is situated right on the Causeway Coast ensuring you are perfectly placed for your Northern Ireland holiday. Relax in the Health Suite and be pampered with a spa treatment after a long day, or treat yourself to the award winning menu at the bistro offering gourmet food in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Dark Hedges

Beech Hill Country House

3.5H

From $150

Derry An impressive manor hotel set just outside the historic walls of Derry offering guests warm hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere. The traditional bedrooms are decorated with homely flair and antiques and feature complimentary Wi-Fi. The gourmet restaurant proudly uses food fresh from the hotel’s own garden and local farmers.

Ballygally Castle

4H

REGIONAL NORTHERN IRELAND • PACKAGE • HOTELS

Londonderry Arms Hotel

Giant’s Ballintoy Causeway Harbour

From $116

Ballygally Facing the soft sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay, the 17th century castle features 54 bedrooms with original beamed ceilings and period furniture, many with uninterrupted views towards Scotland. Explore the Antrim Coast, enjoy a traditional roast in the River Room or visit the Castle’s own atmospheric dungeon and discover the history of this impressive property.

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NORTHERN IRELAND

Day 2 Glenarm – Slemish – Cushendun – Ballycastle – Ballintoy – Portrush (108 km) Drive inland to Slemish Mountain, chosen for the Game of Thrones scenes featuring the warlike Dothraki horde. Admire the flower-filled village of Broughshane then travel north to the caves of Cushendun where Melisandre gave birth to her shadow baby. Continue through Murlough Bay to Ballycastle to truly immerse yourself in the scenic splendours of the Glens of Antrim’s beautiful limestone cliffs. Discover the nearby winding roads of the Atlantic coastline and arrive at Ballintoy Harbour, doubling as Lordsport Harbour in the show. A drive of the area is not complete without a visit to the Giant’s Causeway, before returning to Bushmills where you may choose to sample some of Ireland’s best whiskey. Continue to Portrush for the night. (B) Hotel: Adelphi Portrush or similar

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WHY CHOOSE IRELAND: Offering major cities packed with historical sights, a rolling countryside with infinite shades of green and a stark coastline rivalling the most beautiful in Europe, the Emerald Isle is a delightful destination. Summer days are long, with the sun going down well after 10pm, leaving plenty of time to see the sights while winter is spectacular in its striking natural beauty. Choose from a selection of tours, city breaks and regional self-drive itineraries and join the friendly locals for a pint at a pub where traditional music can be heard on any night of the week.

TEMPO MUST DO’S: • See the history sites of County Meath • Sip a black Guinness at a traditional Irish Pub • Stay in a converted castle hotel • Kiss the Blarney Stone of Eloquence

Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare

Irish Gems 13D/12N Type: Self drive Departs: Dublin airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 12 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 12 breakfasts (B) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card Price: From $2411

Day 1 Dublin Make your way to your hotel, one of Dublin’s most desirable addresses just steps from Grafton street. Hotel: Brooks or similar

PACKAGE

Day 2 Dublin – Kilkenny – Cork (333 km) Drive south today, stopping in Kilkenny where you may choose to visit Kilkenny Castle, set in extensive parklands, St Mary’s Cathedral, or Black Abbey. Your accommodation this evening is in one of Ireland’s first seawater spa destinations on the south coast. (B) Hotel: Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa or similar

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Day 3 Cork – Killarney (110 km) Before leaving Cork we recommend a walk around the English Market in the city, trading since 1788. Alternatively, double back to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience, the departure point for the last 123 passengers on its fateful maiden voyage to America. Arrive in Killarney through the spectacular national park where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Cahernane House Hotel or similar Day 4 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (90 km) Explore the Ring of Kerry today by tour (optional extra) or on your own. Drive along the Atlantic

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Coast through quiet valleys and experience the ancient heritage of Ireland with Iron Age forts and old monasteries surrounded by the rugged landscape peninsula. (B) Day 5 Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare (183 km) Enjoy the scenic route of the Dingle Peninsula, admiring its sandy beaches, walking routes, thriving Irish language community and fine dining. Continue north to County Limerick where you may choose to visit Desmond Castle before retiring for the evening. (B) Hotel: Dunraven Arms or similar Day 6 Adare – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (237 km) Cross the Burren towards the Cliffs of Moher then spend the afternoon in Galway, a charming town known for its seafront promenade and lively local pubs. Drive on to Connemara and your hotel on the banks of the Ballynahinch River, housed in a Victorian mansion. (B) Hotel: Balynahinch Castle or similar Day 7 Connemera Discover the wilderness of Connemara today, one of the wildest romantic areas of Ireland. See the impressive Kylemore Abbey, hidden between mountains and lakes, then visit Connemara National Park at the food of the Diamond Mountain. (B) Day 8 Connemara – Sligo – Donegal (241 km) On your journey north you may choose to stop in Sligo to visit the Stone Age cemetery at Carrowmore or pay respects at Drumcliffe where WB Yeats was buried. Stop on the shores of Lough Eske where chalet-style buildings create a distinctive alpine atmosphere, perfect for anglers, golfers, foodies and nature enthusiasts. (B) Hotel: Harvey’s Point Country Hotel or similar

Day 9 Donegal – Slieve League Cliffs – Glenveagh National Park – Donegal (221 km) Today we suggest driving to the Slieve League Cliffs, a largely unspoilt landscape with spectacular views. Continue north to the Glenveagh National Park and try and spot its famous red deer that live just outside the grounds of its Scottish-style castle. (B) Day 10 Donegal – Derry (75 km) With its historical and somewhat violent past, Derry enjoys a new peaceful atmosphere with a lively city centre. Walk its medieval walls and visit a local cafe before making your way to the Beech Hill Hotel, surrounded by 32 acres of peaceful woodland. (B) Hotel: Beech Hill or similar Day 11 Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Old Bushmills – Belfast (164 km) En route to Belfast visit the Giant’s Causeway and explore various interactive exhibits at its new Visitor Centre. Another recommended stop is the Old Bushmills Distillery, where a guided tour will summarise the history of Irish whiskey and conclude with a tasting at the Distillery pub. Arrive at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter where you will spend the night. (B) Hotel: Merchant or similar Day 12 Belfast – Boyne Valley – Dublin (186 km) Drive south over the border through the World Heritage Site of the Boyne Valley to your castle hotel just outside Dublin centre. (B) Hotel: Dunboyne Castle Hotel or similar Day 13 Dublin Your arrangements conclude after breakfast. (B)

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DUBLIN Take time to explore the twisting laneways of Temple Bar, wander the many galleries and museums, follow in the footsteps of St Patrick and pull the perfect pint as you make your way through this cosmopolitan city, the perfect balance between the old and new.

Taste of Dublin 3D/2N Type: Mini break Departs: Dublin airport Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 2 breakfasts (B) • 2 day Dublin Pass (includes transfer from Dublin airport to the city) • 48 hour Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Price: Standard from $360 Superior from $380

Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin airport and exchange your pass for the Aircoach shuttle to the city. Once activated, your pass is valid for two consecutive calendar days, so why not begin your Dublin visit by gaining entry to one of 33 attractions including the National Gallery of Ireland and the Old Jameson Distillery. Standard hotel: Academy Plaza or similar Superior hotel: The Gresham or similar Day 2 Dublin Explore the city at your own pace using your hop-on hop-off bus pass. Enjoy the tales of your live guide who will bring the city to life with personal and historical tales of their favourite city. The bus stops conveniently at the Dublin Zoo and Guinness Storehouse, so use your Dublin Pass again today to gain free entry. (B)

Private

Prices from A$ (per person each way)

1P

2P

Airport to Dublin hotel or vice versa

$111

$55

Port to Dublin hotel or vice versa

$131

$65

3H

From $173

Fleet Street

A lovely traditional property located on the corner of one of Dublin’s picturesque squares overlooking the National Art Gallery and just a five minute walk to Trinity College. Housed in a former bank, the burgundy decor, wood panelled walls and simple furnishings remain, complemented by large air conditioned rooms with free internet access. A great value option in the heart of the city.

Double King

From $129

Situated in the bustling Temple Bar district, the modern Fleet Street Hotel is just 100 metres away from the River Liffey and close to the bustling shops of Grafton Street. The property houses a lively Irish pub and all 70 guestrooms feature large windows to maximise daylight, complimentary Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art LCD TV’s. Triple rooms with three single beds are available on request.

Standard Twin

Brooks Hotel

4H

From $228

The Gresham

Located close to Grafton Street and Temple Bar, this boutique hotel in the fashionable area of Dublin features a modern restaurant, fitness studio and a relaxing lounge with extensive library. The spacious bedrooms are individually furnished with pieces handcrafted in Galway, while the Jasmine Bar is part of the Whiskey Trail of Ireland. Guests can book tickets to classic movies in the comfort of the onsite private cinema.

Deluxe Room

3H

4H

DUBLIN • PACKAGE • HOTELS

O’Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel

DUBLIN TRANSFERS

From $220

Right in the centre of Dublin, the popular Gresham Hotel boasts excellent facilities and a long-established reputation for superior service. The landmark building houses 300 tastefully decorated rooms and suites with modern conveniences and stunning Waterford crystal chandeliers. The property is within a short walk of Temple Bar and Trinity College and close to the Dublin Writers’ Museum.

IRELAND

Day 3 Dublin The package ends after breakfast at the hotel. We recommend extending your stay by exploring the Irish countryside (page 63). (B)

Dublin Castle

Standard Room

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DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Dublin City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off

Irish Tasting Trail

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Type: Walking Tour

Duration: Valid for 48 hours

Duration: 1.5 hours

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Stop 1 – 14 Upper O’Connell Street

Departs: St James Gate

Departs: 4A Scarlet Row, Temple Bar

Operates: Daily (year round)

Operates: Daily from 9.30am – 5pm (year round)

Price: From $34

Price: From $30

Operates: Daily at 2pm (year round) Sun – Thu at 6pm (year round)

Discover the history and culture of the Irish capital at your own pace on this Hop-On Hop-Off scenic bus tour. The flexibility of this pass allows you to take in all the main attractions including Dublin Zoo, Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse over two routes. Enjoy local commentary via the headphones and a live guide on some departures. Also included is a walking tour from Dame Street at 11am and 2pm daily.

The most popular attraction in Dublin, this 7 storey former fermentation plant showcases the 250-year-old story of the famous brew. See the brewing stages, advertising throughout the ages, the life of Arthur Guinness, transport and Guinness around the world and a fantastic gallery and store. Your visit ends at Gravity, the sky bar with panoramic views over the city where you can sip a complimentary pint.

Irish Whiskey Museum

Gravedigger Ghost Tour

Price: From $107 Explore the romance, history and atmosphere of Dublin’s city streets, restaurants and cafes on a walking tour. Your local guide will take you to three traditional restaurants where you will sample a selection of small share plates and a beverage in each location. Every tour is different and restaurants change daily, so you’re always sure of a combination of new gems and old favourites.

Irish Musical Pub Crawl

Type: Independent

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Walking Tour

Duration: 1 hour

Duration: 2 hours

Duration: 2.5 hours

Departs: 119 Grafton Street

Departs: 37 College Green

Departs: Oliver St John Gogarty Pub, Temple Bar

Operates: Daily from 11am – 8pm (year round)

Operates: Daily at 7.45pm (year round)

Price: From $26

Price: From $44

Operates: Daily at 7.30pm (Apr – Oct) Thu – Sun at 7.30pm (Nov – Mar)

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Unveil the intriguing tale of Irish whiskey, its rise to glory, dramatic fall, and of course the current revival of new players– this is an interactive experience you will never forget! Conveniently located across from the main entrance of Trinity College, be captivated by the entertaining guides followed by a generous tasting of three excellent whiskeys, learning the subtle differences and appreciation of the refined flavours.

Transport 600 years into the past and listen to the tales of a plague-ravaged Dublin. Discover the gruesome fate of those infected, then continue through history to learn about the demon pig of St Audeon’s Church, the ghosts at Kilmainham Jail, the body snatchers at Bully’s Acre, then complete your tour with a finale at the Gravedigger’s Pub outside Glasnevin Cemetery.

Dublin Pass

Merry Ploughboys

Price: From $22 An entertaining night where you will discover the history of Irish music and its influence on contemporary world music in places where its very origins were founded. Entertainers will perform as they tell their stories, engage the group in sing-a-longs and combine the best of theatre with the ‘craic’ that makes Dublin’s pubs so famous.

Dublinia

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Duration: 2, 3 or 6 consecutive days

Duration: 2 hours

Duration: 1.5 hours

Departs: Exchange your voucher at Dublin Tourist Office, Dublin Airport or Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street

Departs: Edmondstown Road, Rathfarnham

Departs: St Michaels Hill

Operates: Daily at 7pm (year round)

Operates: Daily from 10am – 4.30pm (year round)

Price: From $89 Return transfers from Trinity College from $17

Price: From $18

Operates: Daily (year round)

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Guinness Storehouse

Price: 2 days from $111 3 days from $127 6 days from $188 See more and pay less with the Dublin Pass. Includes free transport from the airport to the city with Aircoach, free entrance to more than 30 of Dublin’s top attractions and access to 25 special offers, discounts and added value at shops and restaurants throughout the city.

Enjoy a lively evening of Irish music, song and dance at the popular Merry Ploughboy Pub. Based on a living traditional culture and audience interaction, eat to your fill at the traditional banquet in the restaurant then sit back and relax as the band entertains, followed by a performance by world champion Irish dancers.

Housed in what was once Synod house attached to Christchurch Cathedral, today Dublinia showcases three exhibitions of Dublin through the ages. Hear the language of old Dublin, explore a Viking warship, noisy street and cramped house then see medieval Dublin where warfare, crime and punishment abounded. Climb 96 steps to the 17th century viewing tower for fantastic views over the city.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


BEYOND DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Belfast in One Day

Cliffs of Moher

Cork & Blarney Castle

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 11 hours

Duration: 12 hours

Duration: 12 hours

Departs: Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Departs: Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Departs: Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Operates: Daily at 8am (year round)

Operates: Daily at 6.45am (year round)

Operates: Daily at 6.45am (year round)

Price: From $78

Price: From $78

Price: From $98

Thought by some to be Ireland’s most interesting city, Belfast is the centre of history and culture, with a turbulent past and great legacy. Following a panoramic drive though the Irish countryside into the North, take a guided tour of the most notable sites including the Republican Museum, City Hall and Queens University. Visit the Belfast dockyards, enjoy some time at leisure in the city then continue to Downpatrick and the quaint seaside village of Dundrum.

An unmissable highlight of any Irish holiday, the Cliffs of Moher is one of the country’s most famous landmarks, offering sweeping views across the Atlantic and Aran Islands. Spend time on the top of the cliffs then go down to the Burren of limestone, klints and grikes to discover its unique environment of flora and fauna. On your way back to Dublin stop in Galway Bay, Corcomroe Abbey and the harbour village of Kinvara.

Engage in Irish history and its charming landscapes as you travel towards Cork. Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone for ‘the gift of the gab’ before exploring its picturesque wooded gardens. Continue to Cork City for time at leisure on the River Lee then return to Dublin via the Rock of Cashel, a Celtic cathedral and historical royal seat curiously perched on a colossal rock in the middle of the countryside.

Game of Thrones Day Tour (ex Dublin)

Galway & Connemara in One Day

Celtic Boyne Valley

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 11 hours

Duration: 10 hours

Departs: Jurys Inn, North Wall Quay

Departs: Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Departs: Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Operates: Sat & Sun at 8am (Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec) Wed, Sat & Sun at 8am (Mar – May, Oct) Daily at 8am (Jun – Sep)

Operates: Daily at 6.45am (year round)

Operates: Daily at 8am (year round)

Price: From $78

Price: From $61

Spend the morning walking in Tollymore Forest Park, the site of many key scenes including the discovery of the direwolf pups. In the afternoon enjoy a Winterfell trek that boasts nine film locations. Stop at Robb’s Camp in the Riverlands and the site of ‘the King in the North’ then return to Dublin by coach in the evening.

Be transported to the wild west of Ireland enshrouded by the Atlantic coast and endless mountain vistas. One of the most mysterious regions, Connemara is an unspoilt terrain and one of the only places where sheep have right of way on the roads! Pick up a few handy phrases in the Gaeltacht region where the locals still speak Irish before stopping at Recess, Kylemore Abbey and the friendly city of Galway for a walking tour.

Explore some of Ireland’s most ancient and historic sites as you travel to County Meath, the seat of the ruling High Kings. See 6000-year-old stone carvings in Loughcrew, visit Trim Castle, a location from the film ‘Braveheart’, and explore the Hill of Tara. Enjoy lunch (own expense) overlooking the rolling landscapes before continuing to Monasterboise, with its impressive Celtic High Cross. Explore Drogheda on a walking tour before returning to Dublin in the evening.

Giant’s Causeway (ex Dublin)

Wicklow & Kilkenny

Belfast & Giant’s Causeway (ex Dublin)

Price: From $100

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 13.5 hours

Duration: 10 hours

Duration: 13 hours

Departs: Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Departs: The Townhouse Hotel, Gardiner Street

Departs: The Townhouse Hotel, Gardiner Street

Operates: Daily at 6.30am (year round)

Operates: Mon – Sat at 8am (year round) Sun at 9.45am (year round)

Operates: Daily at 7am (Mar – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun at 7am (Nov – Feb)

Price: From $58

Price: From $125

Price: From $113 Experience the breathtaking scenery of Northern Ireland from some of the most dramatic coastline in the world. A World Heritage-listed site, the Giant’s Causeway boasts amazing rock formations surrounded by mythology. Brave the ‘Carrick-a-Rede’ rope bridge or simply relax on the beach as you marvel at the wondrous landscape of County Antrim. Continue to Belfast for a short visit of the shopping district or Titanic Quarter before arriving back into Dublin.

Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland to Kilkenny, a city with a rich medieval history and imposing Norman castle on the banks of the River Nore. Explore the 12th century castle and take a city tour before lunch (own expense), then drive further into the wild mountains of Wicklow. Discover the Glendalough Valley on a walking tour including the remains of a 6th century monastic settlement.

Depart Dublin through the Boyne Valley and arrive in Belfast where you can choose between discovering the capital’s turbulent history from the comfort of a traditional Black Taxi and a visit to the interactive Titanic Experience. The group joins again for the Antrim Coastal Drive to the Giants Causeway to stroll the beautiful seaside paths for fabulous views across the North Atlantic.

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Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 9 hours

BEYOND DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING

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Type: Seat in coach

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WILD ATLANTIC WAY With signposted discovery points along the Wild Atlantic Way, it is easy to choose where to stop and experience points of outstanding scenic beauty off the beaten track. Tempo Holidays offers self-drive itineraries with optional sightseeing, coach tours and small group tours as well as boutique accommodation along this fascinating stretch of Irish coastline. Wild Atlantic Coast

Wild Atlantic Way by Car 11D/10N Type: Self drive Departs: Dublin airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 10 nights accommodation in standard hotels and B&Bs • 10 breakfasts (B) • Heritage Island Touring Guide & Discount Card Price: From $949

Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin and spend the day exploring this welcoming intimate city that blends its modern outlook with its colourful past. Hotel: Sandymount or similar Day 2 Dublin – Sligo (234 km) Join the Wild Atlantic Way in the North West region as you arrive in Sligo. Take a cruise on Lough Gill, surf the magnificent waves off the coast of Donegal or indulge in a seaweed bath at Strandhill before settling into your accommodation for the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Clarion or similar Day 3 Sligo/Donegal Region We recommend a visit to the spectacular sea cliffs at Slieve League and to Drumcliffe Churchyard where W.B. Yeats is buried. Make the easy climb to the top of Knocknarea Mountain for wonderful views across Sligo Bay to the lakes and mountains, or visit the hidden beach at Silver Strand, accessible only by a series of stairs. (B)

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Day 4 Sligo – Ballycastle – Newport – Mayo (201 km) Journey further west today, stopping to explore the Ceide Fields at Ballycastle, a Stone Age monument set in a vast prehistoric landscape of dramatic cliffs and coastline. On route to Mayo why not stop in Newport, a picturesque fishing village at the heart of the Great Western Greenway. (B) B&B: Anchor House or similar

Black Head coastal route through the unique lunarlike landscape of the Burren. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher, then drive along Loop Head peninsula where you may like to take a boat trip to spot the friendly local dolphins. (B) B&B: Woodhaven or similar Day 8 Clare – Tarbert – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney (245 km) Take the ferry south across the Shannon estuary. We suggest stopping at the unique Foynes Flying Boat Museum or the Tralee Bay Nature Reserve before arriving at the Dingle Peninsula, a Gaelic speaking area with some of the finest coastal scenery in Ireland. Visit Inch Beach, enjoy a pint in the typical country town of Dingle, then drive around the coast to Slea Head for glorious views to the Blasket Islands. Return inland, arriving at your accommodation in County Kerry in the late afternoon. (B) B&B: Glendale House or similar Day 9 Ring of Kerry Stay an extra night in Killarney to discover this popular corner of the Iveragh peninsula, ensuring you leave the car at times to explore the lush mountains, medieval ruins and pristine beaches on foot. Visit the Skellig Experience, a heritage centre dedicated to life on the islands, then admire the majestic Derrynane House and National Park and the quaint town of Kenmare, nestled between the river and mountains. (B) Day 9 (Alternative) Killarney – Glengarriff – Skibbereen – Cork (212 km) The alternative is to leave Killarney after one night and drive to Cork, along the scenic tunnels to Glengarriff where you can meander in the Gardens of Ilnacullin on Garinish Island, passing Seal Island and an unusual micro climate of subtropical plant species. (B) B&B: River View or similar

NORTHERN

Atlantic Ocean

Donegal IRELAND Sligo

Ballycastle Achill Island Westport

Mayo

IRELAND Dublin

Galway Cliffs of Moher

Clare Rock of Cashel

Tarbert Dingle Peninsula Killarney Glengarriff

Cork Skibbereen

Day 10 Cork/Killarney – Rock of Cashel – Dublin (255 km) Drive north through Tipperary and stop at the Rock of Cashel, once the seat of Irish kings, arriving in Dublin in the afternoon for your final night. (B) Hotel: Fitzpatrick Castle or similar Day 11 Dublin Your package ends today after breakfast. (B)

Short on time? Separate your trip into shorter itineraries. Please contact Tempo Holidays for 5 and 8 day route options.

Day 5 Mayo – Achill – Westport – Mayo (189 km) Spend the day exploring the island of Achill, offering a range of outdoor activities and a magnificent scenic drive to the Deserted Village. Stop in the charming heritage town of Westport and visit Westport House and Country Park, built on the site of the castle of the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley. (B)

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Day 6 Mayo – Clifden – Galway (142 km) Travel through the beautiful Connemara region, a place of contrasts, colours and wilderness stretching from the lakes to the mountain vistas of the Twelve Bens. We suggest a visit to Kylemore Abbey in Clifden followed by a sample of smoked salmon from the Connemara Smokehouse before arriving in Galway, a town renowned for its lively nightlife. (B) Hotel: Salthill or similar Day 7 Galway – The Burren – Cliffs of Moher – Clare (121 km) Enjoy a morning exploring the city centre, from the centuries-old Gladdagh area to the seafront promenade of Salthill, before departing along the Cliffs of Moher

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Day 4 Westport – Connemara – Westport (105 km) Explore the Connemara region – your guide will advise the best visits for the day. Possibilities include the beautiful Kylemore Abbey, Clifden, the Connemara National Park or the Twelve Bens. (B)

Northern Ireland & the Atlantic Coast 5D/4N Type: Small group

Day 5 Westport – Cong – Galway – Dublin (293 km) Drive to the village of Cong where the classic film ‘The Quiet Man’ was made. There will be time to visit Cong Abbey or the Museum before passing through Maam Valley to Galway. Explore the lively city centre on your own before departing for Locke’s Distillery in Kilbeggan for a quick tasting en route to Dublin. (B)

Departs: Nassau Street, Dublin Operates: Wed (20 Apr – 05 Oct) Selected Sun (08 May – 25 Sep) Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach

Giant’s Causeway Portrush

Price: B&B from $949 Hotels from $1107

Day 3 Donegal – Sligo – Achill Island – Westport (259 km) Travel south into County Sligo and view the grave WB Yeats. Turn west into County Mayo, through large areas of farmland and open moor, returning to the Atlantic coastline and stopping at Achill Island. Experience the edge of Europe before the short drive to Westport. (B)

Atlantic Ocean

Donegal

NORTHERN IRELAND

Belfast

Sligo Achill Island Westport Connemara

IRELAND

Cong Kilbeggan Dublin

Galway

Keem Beach, Achill Island

Bay View Hotel

3H

From $80

Sandhouse Hotel

4H

From $151

Killybegs

Donegal

A superior 3 star property ideally located in the coastal town of Killybegs, County Donegal on the western seaboard, the Bay View offers 40 comfortable bedrooms just 30 minutes from the Slieve League Cliffs. Relax over dinner in Luke’s Restaurant with harbour views, take a dip in the heated swimming pool and enjoy some live entertainment in the hotel’s lounge bar on the weekend.

Overlooking Rossnowlagh Beach on Donegal Bay, the impressive Sandhouse Hotel offers luxury accommodation on miles of secluded sandy beach. Guests can enjoy the facilities of the Marine Spa, award-winning cuisine at The Glassroom and Seashell Restaurants, links to local golf courses and stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Superior Sea View

Castlecourt Hotel

4H

From $88

Clarion Hotel Sligo

4H

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Day 2 Portrush – Derry – Donegal (130 km) Stop in the historic city of Derry with time to explore its medieval walls then cross back into the Republic to one of the most remote and unspoilt parts of the country with strong ties to its Gaelic roots. Pass Glenveagh National Park and follow the coast, stopping at traditional fishing villages, before checking into your hotel in Donegal. (B)

Derry

From $156

Westport

Sligo

A popular family run hotel, ideally situated in the centre of Westport just a ten minute walk from the train station and perfectly placed on the Wild Atlantic Way. The onsite Spa Sula features an outdoor rock pool, sauna, fitness centre and hair salon and each of the well-appointed guestrooms includes complimentary Wi-Fi.

Combining contemporary decor with a classic exterior, the Clarion is just a five minute drive from the city centre if Sligo. The health club offers fitness classes, a modern fully-equipped gym and a swimming pool. Dining options include a classic European restaurant and a bar serving modern Asian dishes.

IRELAND

Day 1 Dublin – Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Portrush (277 km) Drive north to Belfast for a panoramic tour of the city then spend time at the newly redeveloped Titanic Quarter. In the afternoon follow the Antrim Coast and Glens from Ballycastle to the Giant’s Causeway then arrive in the holiday town of Portrush for the night.

Superior Room

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THE WILD WEST Encompassing the untamed beauty of Connemara, the traditional way of life on the Aran Islands, the stark Burren landscapes and the beautiful city of Galway, the West of Ireland is truly spectacular. Don’t miss the dramatic coastline featuring the unforgettable Cliffs of Moher.

Ruins of Ross Errilly Friary, Co. Galway

West Coast Explorer 3D/2N

Discover the Wild West 4D/3N

Type: Small group

Type: Self drive

Departs: Nassau Street, Dublin

Departs: Dublin airport or city centre

Operates: Fri (22 Apr – 07 Oct)

Operates: Daily (year round)

Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 2 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach

Inclusions: • 3 nights accommodation in a standard hotel • 3 breakfasts (B) Price: From $232

Price: B&B from $578 Hotels from $616

Day 1 Dublin – The Burren – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (354 km) Depart Dublin and travel west through the farmland of Kildare. Take a drive through the Burren, a land of limestone pavements, barren hillsides and rare flora. Spend the morning exploring the area and stop in a pretty local village for lunch (own expense) then visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher. Walk the cliff top trails, visit the environmental exhibition then follow the coastal road to Galway, your base for the next two nights. Day 2 Galway – Connemara – Galway (194 km) Explore Connemara today as you travel through the village of Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib then visit the beautiful house and grounds at Kylemore Abbey. Drive through Connemara National Park, Clifden and the Twelve Bens of Connemara before returning to Galway for the evening. (B) Day 3 Galway – Clonmacnoise – Dublin (209 km) Travel the back roads through central Ireland on route back to Dublin. Stop at the early Christian settlement of Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon River then continue through the unique local landscapes to Locke’s Distillery for a tour and tasting before returning to Dublin where your tour concludes. (B)

Day 1 Dublin – Connemara – Galway (443 km) Drive across the country to Killary Harbour to walk the famous Famine Relief Road. Here you will gain an appreciation of the plight of local communities of the time, and learn about the history of an Ireland ravaged by famine. Follow the fjord to the beautiful beach in Glassilaun then drive to Lough Fee, where you can climb the spur for marvellous views over Connemara. Drive on to your accommodation in Galway for the night. (B) Hotel: Salthill or similar Day 2 Aran Islands Today we suggest driving to the ferry port of Rossaveal for a day trip to the Aran Islands. Explore the ancient settlements on foot and learn about island life from the friendly locals. We recommend a pint or a hearty lunch at Joe Watty’s before catching the last ferry back to the mainland. Book an optional sightseeing tour if you prefer to leave the car at home (page 67). (B) Day 3 Cliffs of Moher Make your way to the unmissable Cliffs of Moher from Galway, either by sightseeing tour (page 67) or at your own pace. Stop at the village of Kinvara to admire Dunguarie Castle then continue into the Burren where you will find ancient monuments and Celtic crosses. Spot the puffin colony on Goat Island from the majestic cliffs of the South Platform or pay a small additional fee to climb O’Brien’s Tower. (B)

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Day 4 Galway – Dublin (316 km) Travel back to Dublin via Boyle and Lough Key Forest Park, located in a scenic historical area of County Roscommon and comprising 350 hectares of forest and parkland. You can also visit the recently-restored 17th century Strokestown Park House, which houses the Famine Museum. Your arrangements conclude on return to Dublin. (B)

NORTHERN IRELAND

Atlantic Ocean

Boyle

Lough Key Forest Park

Killary Harbour Connemara

Cong Clonmacnoise

Rossaveal

Dublin

IRELAND

Galway Aran Islands Cliffs of Moher

Kildare

The Burren

IRELAND West Coast Explorer Discover the Wild West

Temple Finghin, Clonmacnoise

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Jurys Inn Galway

3H

From $84

Salthill Hotel

3H

From $77

Galway

Galway

Nested in the heart of the city beside the historic Spanish Arch and overlooking Galway Bay, the Jurys Inn is just a few steps from the cultural and shopping districts. There are 130 spacious air conditioned bedrooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, an open-plan restaurant that overlooks the garden, and a Garden Bar adjacent to the River Corrib, a popular hidden gem for drinks on a summer’s day.

Just minutes from Salthill Promenade on Galway’s most exclusive enclave and sea, the Salthill Hotel provides 160 deluxe bedrooms and suites with views over the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding Clare Hills. Start the day with a traditional Irish breakfast and enjoy free parking, free access to the exclusive leisure centre equipped with two swimming pools, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Standard Room

Classic Room

Hotel Meyrick

4H

From $165

Abbey Hotel

4H

From $96

Galway

Roscommon

The Meyrick is housed in an elegant Victorian mansion on the very fashionable Eyre Square in the city centre. Rooms are decorated with rich crimson and cream and combine traditional service with modern amenities. Work up a sweat at the state of the art gym with views across the city, then relax after a long day’s sightseeing in Ireland’s west with a treatment at the luxurious spa.

Set in idyllic gardens, the Abbey Hotel takes its name from the ruins of the 13th century Roscommon Abbey that can be seen from the property. The guestrooms are furnished in keeping with the hotel’s 18th century heritage. Sample local product at the Terrace Restaurant, relax in front of a log fire in the bar or take an aqua fitness class in the indoor swimming pool at the new leisure facility.

Standard Room

View of Inisheer, Aran Island

Aran Islands – Inishmore

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Duration: 8 hours

Duration: 11 hours

Departs: Galway Coach Station, Fairgreen Road

Departs: 37-39 Forster Street, Galway

Operates: Daily at 10am (year round)

Operates: Daily at 8.45am (year round)

Price: From $45

Price: From $83

Travel along Galway Bay towards the charming fishing village of Kinvara to admire Dunguarie Castle. Continue into The Burren where you will find many ancient monuments including the Gleninsheed Wedge Tomb and the 5800-year-old Poulnabrone Dolmen. See the famous Celtic Crosses of Kilfenora and stop for lunch in the coastal village of Doolin before arriving at the fascinating Cliffs of Moher for stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean towards the Aran Islands.

IRELAND

Cliffs of Moher (ex Galway)

THE WILD WEST • HOTELS • SIGHTSEEING

Standard Room

The three Aran Islands, Inisheer, Inishmaan and Inishmore stand out on Galway Bay as a mass of limestone with strong Gaelic traditions. Visit Inishmore, the largest of the islands and journey through time to old Ireland. See the gorgeous fields and breathtaking cliffs that drop into the wild Atlantic Ocean and visit Dun Aengus, one of the most impressive Neolithic forts in Europe.

Inis Oirr Lighthouse, Inisheer Island

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IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST Explore medieval forts, golden beaches, picturesque villages, winding rivers and magical mountains in the region that enjoys arguably the best climate in Ireland. Stay in the ancient capital Kilkenny and peruse the gourmet city of Waterford on your way south to Kinsale and Cobh and experience 5000 years of Irish history. Signposted highlights can be spotted along the way, making the area perfect for a selfdrive itinerary. Round Tower and Church, Glendalough

Drive the Ancient East 8D/7N

The Boyne Valley

Drive the Ancient East South East Ireland

Trim

Type: Self drive Departs: Dublin airport or city centre

IRELAND

Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card

Day 1 Dublin Spend the day at leisure in Dublin. We recommend a visit to the Guinness Storehouse for a pre-dinner pint! Hotel: Fitzpatrick’s Castle or similar

Jerpoint Park Wexford Waterford

Day 2 Dublin – Boyne Valley – Trim (105 km) Drive through the largest prehistoric megalithic site in Europe – The Boyne Valley. See the hilltop burial tombs, the Hill of Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, St Patrick’s Hill of Slane, and the corbelled roof of the tomb of Cairn T. Arrive in Trim where you will stay in the grounds of the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland constructed in the 12th century. (B) Hotel: Trim Castle Hotel or similar

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Glendalough

Killkenny

Tipperary

Blarney Castle

Cobh

Kinsale

South East Ireland 3D/2N Type: Small group

Day 3 Trim – Celbridge – Kildare (87 km) Travel south towards Kildare. We recommend a stop at Castletown House, built for William Connolly in the 1720s, to admire its stunning architecture, furniture and collection of artworks, followed by a visit to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. (B) Hotel: Georgian Farmhouse or similar

Departs: Nassau St, Dublin Operates: Thu (28 Apr – 13 Oct) Selected Mon (16 May – 03 Oct) Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 2 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach

Day 4 Kildare – Kilkenny – Wexford (147 km) Depart for the medieval city of Kilkenny and visit the 12th century castle to admire its extensive gardens. Continue to Jerpoint Park and be immersed in a unique experience of ancient country living before arriving in the Wexford area, perhaps via New Ross to see its Tapestry Exhibition. (B) Hotel: Cedar Lodge or similar

Price: B&B from $553 Hotel from $616

Day 1 Dublin – Blarney Castle – Kinsale (297 km) Travel south through the lush farming counties of Kildare and Tipperary and stop to admire Cahir Castle, perched on an island in the River Suir. Continue to Blarney on the outskirts of Cork to visit the Woollen Mills and Castle then drive through historic villages to Kinsale, renowned for its lively traditional pubs and local cuisine.

Day 5 Wexford Start the day with a walk through Wexford, founded as early as 850 AD and boasting many historical ties to Oliver Cromwell, Henry II and Thomas Becket. In the afternoon you may wish to drive out to Hook Head, a pinnacle point of the Ancient East coast with untouched natural vistas. (B)

Day 7 Wicklow – Dublin (65 km) Return to Dublin today where you can spend time in Temple Bar, have an Irish Coffee, visit Trinity

Kildare

Wicklow

Price: From $711

Day 6 Wexford – Glendalough – Wicklow (127 km) From golden sandy beaches to rolling hills and valleys, the unique County Wicklow features several famous attractions and is known as the Garden of Ireland. Enjoy an optional visit to Kilruddery House en route to the monastic site of Glendalough to view its superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. Hotel: Ballyknocken House or similar

Dublin

Castletown House

Operates: Daily (year round)

Kilkenny Castle

College and see the Book of Kells. Alternatively drive to Howth, a picturesque fishing village offering beautiful views of Dublin Bay. (B) Hotel: Finnstown Castle Hotel or similar Day 8 Dublin Your package ends today after breakfast. (B)

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Day 2 Kinsale – Cobh – Waterford – Kilkenny (219 km) Visit the historic port of Cobh, Titanic’s last port of call, then continue east along the Copper Coast to reach Waterford. Spend time at leisure in Ireland’s oldest city, perhaps with a visit to the famous crystal factory, Viking Triangle or one of the many museums before driving north to Kilkenny, a friendly city boasting an impressive castle and riverside walk. (B) Day 3 Kilkenny – Wicklow Mountains – Dublin (156 km) Spend the morning discovering Kilkenny at your own pace, then depart for the impressive valleys of the Wicklow Mountains. Explore the 6th century monastery at Glendalough or one of the many walking trails on foot. Finally, cross the famous Sally Gap on the short journey back to Dublin. (B)

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the chance to stop at Ballymaloe Cookery School that boasts a herb garden, fruit garden, vegetable garden and gourmet cafe. (B) B&B: Bru Na Paivce or similar

Irish Culinary Experience 9D/8N

Day 5 Kinsale – Cork – Kinsale (54 km) Drive to Cork to visit its impressive covered English Market then learn the history of dairying in Ireland at the Cork Butter Museum. We recommend a stop at Desmond Castle and Wine Museum before returning to Kinsale, the ‘gourmet capital of Ireland’. (B)

Type: Self drive Departs: Dublin airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 8 nights accommodation in hotels and B&Bs • 8 breakfasts (B) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card

Day 6 Kinsale – Killarney National Park – Dingle (169 km) View the stunning lakes and mountains of the Killarney National Park en route to the Dingle Peninsula, where the Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. Visit Murphy’s to taste handmade Dingle icecream before arriving at your B&B for the night. (B) B&B: Moriarty’s Farmhouse or similar

Day 2 Dublin – Wicklow (46 km) To indulge your sweet tooth, drive to the Butler’s Chocolate Experience in north Dublin for a 90 minute tour, giving you the chance to decorate your own treats before traveling along the east coast to Ballyknocken Country House & Cookery School. (B) Hotel: Ballyknocken Country House or similar Day 3 Wicklow Those that have pre-booked a class will enjoy an hour of baking this morning, then we recommend a drive through the Garden of Ireland to the Glendalough Monastic Site to visit its comprehensive visitor centre (payable locally). (B) Day 4 Wicklow – Waterford – Kinsale (299 km) Travel south towards Waterford and stop at Harty Oysters Farm on Dungarvan Bay to sample the freshest of Celtic Sea produce. Continue to Shanagarry for

Day 7 Dingle – Cliffs of Moher – The Burren – Connemara (333 km) Drive through Limerick to the organic goat farm of St Tola’s and enjoy the award-winning artisanal quality of their produce. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, then stop at the Burren Smokehouse to sample its rich smoked salmon before arriving at your accommodation just outside Galway. (B) Hotel: Ross Lake House or similar Day 8 Connemara – Rathbaun Farm – Kilbeggan Distillery – Dublin (255 km) Visit rural Ireland today and sample some tea & scones at Rathbaun Farm. Make your way east and stop at the Kilbeggan Distillery where an optional tour takes you through the early times of whiskey making through to the present day. Arrive in Dublin for your final night in Ireland. (B) Hotel: Sandymount or similar Day 9 Dublin Your package concludes after breakfast in Dublin. (B)

Tempo Recommends Include the listed activities from $248

Dublin

Galway

Kilbeggan Distillery

Rathbaun Farm

Glendalough

Cliffs of Moher

IRELAND Ballyknocken Country House & Cookery School

Limerick

Dingle Peninsula

Killarney National Park

Dungarvan Bay

Cork

Shanagarry Kinsale

Limerick

Smithwick’s Experience

Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre

Ballyknocken Cookery School 3 Day Experience

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Type: Independent

Duration: 1.5 hours

Duration: 1.5 hours

Duration: 3D/2N

Departs: Parliament Street, Kilkenny

Departs: 28 The Mall, Waterford

Departs: Gleanealy, Ashford

Operates: Daily at 10am to 5.30pm (year round)

Operates: Daily from 9.30am to 3.15pm (year round)

Operates: Daily (Feb – Nov)

Price: From $21

Price: From $19

Price: From $356

Discover more than 400 years of history at the Smithwick Brewery, housed in a former ancient monastery. Be captivated by an interactive tour of St Francis Abbey illuminated by candle light and see the brewing process brought to life as you experience the smells, tastes and textures of the perfect pint. Tours must be booked in advance. Please request your preferred departure hour at time of booking.

Enjoy insight into the centuries-old tradition of Waterford Crystal making on a factory tour. Feel the heat of the furnace and marvel at the skills of the craftsmen as you visit the areas of wooden mould making, crystal blowing, crystal cutting and quality inspection. Following the tour spend time at leisure in the lavish retail store and exhibition rooms.

Located just south of Dublin, Ballyknocken Cookery School is the ideal retreat in County Wicklow. The school offers a wide range of classes including Catherine’s Southern Italian and Outdoor Dining and is set on a 350 acre farm. Your package includes a welcome tea & coffee with homemade Ballyknocken cake on arrival, two nights accommodation, a baking demonstration and a gourmet picnic hamper to take out for the day enjoying the local area.

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Day 1 Dublin Pick up your car in Dublin and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit the Guinness Storehouse (optional extra) to learn the Guinness story and a complimentary pint at the panoramic Gravity Bar. Hotel: Sandymount or similar

IRELAND

Price: From $790

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THE SOUTH WEST Featuring one of Ireland’s most popular scenic drives, the beautiful Ring of Kerry, the south west is home to the popular town of Killarney, where local pubs and impromptu traditional music abound, the dramatic coastline of the Dingle Peninsula and the ever-popular Blarney Castle.

Killarney National Park

Escape to the West 5D/4N

Escape to the West Discover the South West

IRELAND

Type: Small group Departs: Nassau St, Dublin

Irish Sea

Clonmacnoise

Galway

Dublin

Cliffs of Moher

Operates: Sun (10 Apr – 16 Oct) Thu (12 May – 29 Sep)

Atlantic Ocean

Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach

Rock of Cashel Dingle Peninsula

Price: B&B from $997 Hotels from $1107

Killarney Blarney Castle Cork

Ring of Kerry Macroom

Kinsale

Day 1 Dublin – Clonmacnoise – Galway (213 km) Head west through Kildare and Offally to Locke’s Distillery for an optional tour and tasting then admire the churches, stone crosses and round towers of the monastic Clonmacnoise. Stop in a traditional pub before arriving in Galway for the night. Day 2 Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (276 km) Drive through the unique Burren region to admire its barren hillsides, early Christian settlements and rare native flora and fauna. Visit the cathedral in Kilfenora, then arrive at the stunning Cliffs of Moher for time at leisure to explore its limestone wall reaching more than 200 metres above the Atlantic. Continue south through County Clare and catch the ferry across the Shannon estuary to Killarney where you will spend the next three nights. (B)

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Day 3 Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney (154 km) Explore the heart of Gaelic culture and tradition on the Dingle Peninsula. See the surf beach at Inch, then travel to Slea Head, an area of ancient forts with views out to the Blasket Islands. The scenery here is truly magical and boasts weather-worn cliffs and deserted beaches. Spend the afternoon in the busy harbour town of Dingle before returning to Killarney. (B) Day 4 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (198 km) Tour the classic Ring of Kerry today, taking the coast road through Cahersiveen ring fort to the fishing village of Portmagee. Here you have the option to cross to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience before stopping for photos at Coonmakista Pass for magnificent views over the countryside. Visit Derrynane House for a walk in the beachside gardens then stop at Moll’s Gap and the Torc Waterfall on the return to Killarney. (B) Day 5 Killarney – Macroom – Blarney Castle – Rock of Cashel – Dublin (319 km) Head east through the mountains of West Cork to Blarney Castle. Explore the woodland walks and mystical Rock Close then spend time at leisure in the village itself for lunch or a spot of shopping. Continue to the Rock of Cashel and view its medieval monastery then stop in Kilkenny to enjoy a final pint of Guinness or walk along the peaceful riverside. Your tour concludes in the evening on arrival in Dublin. (B)

Dingle Lighthouse

Discover the South West 5D/4N Type: Self drive Departs: Dublin airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 4 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 4 breakfasts (B) Price: From $462

Day 1 Dublin – Cork (249 km) Drive south towards Cork. We recommend a visit to the former seat of Irish Kings at the Rock of Cashel or the impressive Cahir Castle en route to Blarney Castle (optional extra). Take time to wander the scenic grounds and kiss the famous stone before checking into your hotel in the lively city of Cork. Hotel: Clarion or similar Day 2 Cork – Kinsale – Killarney (132 km) Spend the morning exploring the city, perhaps at the English Market, via numerous pedestrian walkways or perusing the myriad boutiques. Drive south to Kinsale, a picturesque fishing village renowned for its seafood and award-winning restaurants, then continue to

Killarney, the gateway to the Ring of Kerry. (B) Hotel: The Malton or similar Day 3 Ring of Kerry Today is yours to discover the charming villages and wild peninsula of the Ring of Kerry. Take the scenic drive at your own pace, or book an optional day tour taking you to the southern shores of Dingle Bay, Sneem then Moll’s Gap for startling views over the mountainous terrain (page 71). Return to Killarney for an evening at leisure. (B) Day 4 Dingle Peninsula Another highlight of the south west not to be missed is the Dingle Peninsula. Take the road to Slea Head and admire the view across the dramatic Atlantic coastline towards the Blasket Islands. Stop in the popular artist village of Dingle or visit Inch Beach. Prefer to leave the car for the day? Book an optional sightseeing tour to the area from Killarney (page 71). (B) Day 5 Killarney – Dublin (308 km) Return to Dublin today via County Limerick. We recommend a stop at one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, Adare, set in woods by the River Maigue. Explore its broad streets lined with thatched cottages, quality restaurants and ruins of three beautiful abbeys. Your arrangements conclude on return to Dublin. (B)

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Killarney Court Hotel

3H

From $66

Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel

From $81

3H

Killarney

Blarney

Perfect for a self-drive itinerary, the Killarney Court Hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre and offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a spa centre and free parking. The on-site McGillicguddy’s Pub offers nostalgic charm with a wonderful traditional atmosphere and daily carvery. We recommend upgrading to one of the 20 newly-refurbished superior rooms, finished to a 4-star standard.

Just 10 minutes from Cork City, this renowned hotel is set within the old stone walls of the historic Mill surrounded by a lively complex offering the best in Irish crafts, food, folklore and fashion. There are just 48 bedrooms and each creates a haven of relaxation with tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy a pint of Irish stout at the old mansion house of Christy’s Bar.

Standard Room

From $112

The Malton Hotel

4H

From $117

Cork

Killarney

Located opposite City Hall overlooking the River Lee, this contemporary hotel offers extensive leisure facilities including a 20 metre pool, sauna, steam room and fitness centre and a casual Asian restaurant with access from the waterfront boardwalk. The modern bedrooms are styled with light oak furnishings and feature air conditioning, complimentary toiletries and internet access.

Stay in a historic Victorian hotel in the centre of Killarney and experience the timeless elegance and genuine hospitality of more than 160 years of service. Set among six acres of landscaped gardens adjacent to Killarney Railway Station this hotel offers convenience and luxury with award-winning restaurants, free parking and Wi-Fi, all on the doorstep of the spectacular Ring of Kerry.

Dingle Coastline

Ring of Kerry Day Tour (ex Killarney)

Dingle Peninsula Day Tour (ex Killarney)

Killarney Jaunting Cars

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Seat in coach

Type: Horse Drawn Car

Duration: 6.5 hours

Duration: 6.5 hours

Duration: 5 hours

Departs: Ross Road, Killarney

Departs: Ross Road, Killarney

Departs: On Request

Operates: Daily at 10.30am (year round)

Operates: Daily at 10.30am (year round)

Operates: Daily at 10.30am (Apr – Sep)

Price: From $44

Price: From $44

Price: From $132

Enjoy a day exploring the area that has provided inspiration for poets and writers for centuries due to its magnificent coastal scenery and rugged countryside. Share in the history, geography, culture, stories and folklore with a local guide as you travel along the banks of the River Laune to Killorglin and the southern shores of Dingle Bay. From Sneem drive up the mountain to Moll’s Gap for spectacular views before returning to Killarney in the afternoon.

Stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean, the Dingle Peninsula is the most northerly of the mountainous promontories forming the indented coast of south-west Ireland. Showcasing numerous prehistoric and early medieval ruins set amongst dazzling coastline, the area is a must-visit to appreciate Gaelic history where traditional costume and local dialects are still very much alive. Spot the Blasket Islands from Slea Head, the last outposts of Europe.

Begin your jaunt on a pony and trap through Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass between mountains and lakes surrounded by a spectacular glaciated valley. Stop at Lord Brandon’s Cottage then board a boat through the Three Lakes of Killarney. Pass the 3000-year-old copper mines, Dinis Cottage and Bricin Bridge then enjoy a quick rapid ride at the meeting of the lakes (weather permitting). Your journey ends at the beautifully-restored 15th century Ross Castle.

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4H

IRELAND

Clarion Hotel Cork

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IRISH CASTLES Stay in luxury or choose more rustic medieval accommodation to admire the grand restored rooms, period furniture, original tapestries and diverse architecture of these Irish Castles. Step back in time for a romantic and historic holiday in true Irish tradition.

Kileen Castle, Co. Meath

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

From $193

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

4H

From $109

Connemara

Dublin

With the stunning backdrop of the Twelve Bens Mountain range, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is perfectly placed to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and the luscious surrounds of County Galway. Rooms are furnished to an exceptionally high standard and many have stunning views across woodlands, rivers and mountains. Professional guides are on hand to book a range of activities on the property’s grounds.

Overlooking Dublin Bay, the 18th century Fitzpatrick Castle offers 113 comfortable bedrooms each with its own traditional design modern amenities and complimentary Wi-Fi. The property features two award-winning restaurants, a library bar, and a leisure club with a 20 metre indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym with fitness classes available to all guests.

Ballyseede Castle

4H

From $133

Ashford Castle

5H

From $203

IRISH CASTLES

County Kerry

County Mayo

Set in 30 acres of native woodland, the 16th century castle is a popular property on the gateway to the Ring of Kerry with 23 elegant and spacious guestrooms, each with its own unique style. Be surprised with a canopy bed, a free-standing bath or brightly patterned wallpaper, and spend a casual evening at Poppy’s Bar where the lively barman regales guests with the lore and legend of the castle.

Feel like royalty in this truly unique castle hotel in Ireland’s west, which was once the residence of the Guinness family. Guests can enjoy traditional Irish activities including falconry, skeet shooting, archery and horseriding, or simply relax in one of the 82 guest rooms of this private retreat. Rooms are traditionally decorated in keeping with the style of the hotel and its surrounds.

Dromoland Castle

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4H

5H

From $191

Solis Lough Eske Castle

5H

From $188

County Clare

Donegal

With a history stretching back more than 1500 years, Dromoland Castle was formerly the home of Gaelic royalty. The luxury property is set amid acres of magnificent lawns and overlooks a glistening lake and private championship golf course, enjoying a reputation of unparalleled hospitality. Enjoy close proximity to the Wild Atlantic Way, Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.

Enjoy unrivalled comfort and hospitality at this exceptional castle hotel. Located on a secluded lakeside estate just outside Donegal Town, the restored property features 96 guest rooms, two bars, a restaurant and a luxury spa. Choose from contemporary garden suites, converted stable courtyard rooms and elegant presidential castle suites with private access from the tower.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Departs: Dublin airport or city centre Operates: Daily (year round) Inclusions: • 7 nights accommodation in castle hotels • 7 breakfasts (B) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card Price: From $1028

Day 1 Dublin Make your way to gorgeous Clontarf Castle, your accommodation for the next two nights. Spend the rest of the day discovering the Irish capital at your leisure. Hotel: Clontarf Castle or similar Day 2 Dublin Today is yours to enjoy Dublin and its surrounds. You may choose to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse, or bring the region’s turbulent medieval history to life at Dublinia in Christchurch. (B) Day 3 Dublin – Galway – Clifden (329 km) Drive alongside rich midland pastures, perhaps stopping to visit the stately grounds of Belvedere House and the 6th century Clonmacnoise. Soak up the charm of Galway before continuing to the rugged Connemara region and wonderful Abbeyglen Castle with its panoramic views of Clifden. (B) Hotel: Abbeyglen Castle or similar

Day 5 Clifden – Tralee (263 km) Travel south into County Clare, often referred to as the ‘Land of Castles’. We recommend a visit to Rathbaun Farm before admiring the lunar landscape of the Burren region or exploring the Cliffs of Moher. Travel by ferry to Tarbert (own expense) and continue to Tralee’s gorgeous Ballyseede Castle. (B) Hotel: Ballyseede Castle or similar Day 6 Dingle Peninsula (139 km) Marvel at the Dingle Peninsula’s breathtaking scenery en route to Dunquin, a town on the promontory’s western tip. You may choose to take a boat trip around the unspoilt Blasket Islands before returning to Tralee for the night. (B)

NORTHERN IRELAND

Atlantic Ocean

Connemara National Park Clifden Galway Cliffs of Moher

IRELAND Clonmacnoise

Dublin Kildare

Limerick

Tarbert Rock of Cashel Dingle Peninsula

Tralee

Day 7 Tralee – Limerick – Kildare (304 km) Discover the delights of medieval Limerick, then head east to the imposing Rock of Cashel, rising dramatically from the flat countryside. Continue through rich pastures before arriving at Barberstown Castle, a 13th century property located in the heart of the horse-breeding country of Kildare. (B) Hotel: Barbestown Castle or similar Day 8 Kildare – Dublin (29 km) Return to Dublin airport where your package concludes. (B) Rock of Cashel

IRISH CASTLES

Type: Self drive

Day 4 Clifden – Connemara – Clifden (361 km) Visit the Connemara National Park, a 5000-acre nature reserve that boasts grasslands, soaring mountains and an abundance of wildlife. You might also like to visit Kylemore Abbey or take a cruise through Killary Fjord before returning to Clifden. (B)

IRELAND

Live Like a Lord 7D/6N

Bunratty Castle

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IRISH BED & BREAKFASTS Enjoy traditional Irish hospitality in cities, town and rural areas, staying in characteristic B&Bs that offer an authentic cultural experience amid some of Ireland’s loveliest landscapes. Wake up to a full Irish breakfast made with delicious local produce and get tips of the region’s best attractions from your knowledgeable hosts. Many property owners are now specialists in particular holiday themes and have in depth knowledge of your chosen activity. Choose your preferred region and experience, and let us put together a perfect itinerary for you.

Traditional Irish Cottage House

Food Lovers Welcome

Farmstays Welcome

Every foodie enjoys sumptuous home cooking, and B&Bs in this category offer menus with the best of local and seasonal produce by hosts with a passion for food. Experience some of the finest home baking, traditional Irish cooking demonstrations complete with food tasting and advice on the best local markets, restaurants and food festivals. Some of our favourites are listed below.

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SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES Grangeview House, Monaghan

Surround yourself in the peaceful setting of rural Ireland and experience life on a working farm first-hand. Take part in the daily chores including collecting eggs and feeding the animals and tour the outer regions of the property with your hosts. Your B&B may even have a petting area, perfect for the kids. Some of our favourites are listed below.

SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES 3H

From $70

The Ring Farmhouse, Offaly

3H

From $70

River Meadows, Kerry

3H

From $70

Ross House, Sligo

3H

From $70

Rossroe Lodge, Connemara

4H

From $72

Kyle Farmhouse, Wicklow

4H

From $72

Williamsferry House, Tipperary

4H

From $72

Fortview House, Cavan

4H From $72

Walkers Welcome

A Gaeltacht Experience

Active travellers will love the opportunity to go hiking in the most beautiful countryside in Ireland, from the wonders of the Wicklow Mountains to the rugged splendour of Glenveagh Forest Park. Stay in a Walkers Welcome B&B and enjoy suitable space for the drying and storing of your walking gear and maps of the best trails, guides and pick up facilities on request.

SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES Devane’s, Dingle

Located in Gaeltacht regions of Ireland rich in traditional culture where the population continue to speak Irish as their first language. From Donegal to Connemara to Dingle, the locals are warm, welcoming and proud. Take some informal lessons with your host, go to a lively local performance of music and dance and immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich and rewarding heritage.

SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES 3H

From $70

Wayside, Kerry

3H

From $70

Castletown House, Laois

3H

From $70

Coatesland House, Limerick

3H

From $70

Cherrybrook Country Home, Wicklow

4H

From $72

Lough Owel Lodge, Westmeath

4H

From $72

Seapoint House, Mayo

4H

From $72

Imeall Na Mara, Kerry

4H From $72

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 75 for full terms and conditions.


Please read this information carefully as payment of your deposit will constitute your agreement to all terms and conditions set out below.

THE COMPANY “The Company” or ‘We’ in the context of these terms and conditions means Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd. ABN 51007331213. Tempo Holidays is a licensed travel agent, and an approved participant of the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS). The Company is also a member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO). BROCHURE VALIDITY & PRICING The brochure is valid for the dates shown. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and current at the time of publication (18 August 2015). We use indicative ‘from’ pricing in this brochure, however prices may vary substantially according to season. We will advise the applicable price which relates to the client’s travel dates at the time of inquiry or booking. Applicable pricing is also displayed on our website. Prices may also change due to alterations in exchange rates, airfares, fuel surcharges, taxes, or other price rises beyond control of ‘The Company’. The current price will be advised on our invoice and revised on further invoices should prices change. We reserve the right to adjust prices at any time up until full payment has been received by us. Our prices are inclusive of research, communication, documentation and marketing costs. No representation is made that identical, or similar product may, or may not, be obtained at a lower price. Receipt of your payment signifies the acceptance of the costs of services provided on your invoice, E&OE* accepted. PRICE APPLICATION Prices are applicable for bona fide international leisure travellers. Service providers may refuse to honour our vouchers if presented by travellers who are unable to meet local qualifications for international leisure travellers. We will not be liable for any loss which may result. Prices shown in the brochure are only available when booked and paid for in advance in Australia. Where services are extended overseas, locally published prices may be applied. PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE The guarantee is limited to all accommodation and tours featured in this brochure. Eligibility criteria: 1. The product must be available for the dates required. 2. A competitors’ quote must be in AUD. (Rates in foreign currency with estimated AUD conversions do not qualify). 3. A competitors’ quote must be payable in AUD in Australia prior to travel. 4. Written evidence of competitors’ quote which clearly shows like for like in terms of product description, availability for same number of rooms and type, and trading terms is required by us prior to consideration. 5. We reserve the right not to match on line rates published by hotels due to their volatile or dynamic nature. It is recognised that these rates are not identical to ours, and may not include remittance charges or local taxes. When we are satisfied that the above conditions have been met we will honour the booking at a rate of at least $1 cheaper than the alternate quotation. ACCOMMODATION STANDARDS Hotels are generally selected for location, facilities and value. In more remote areas we may need to use basic accommodation which is regarded as ‘best available’. Classifications are based on assessments provided by tourist authorities in the countries concerned and reflect the type of facilities offered, rather than denoting a style of hotel. Photographs are intended to give a general impression only and city maps are only a guide to the location of the hotel. HOTEL FACILITIES The mention of facilities such as parking, gyms, saunas etc does not imply that the use of these is free. Where charges apply, they will be payable locally (unless otherwise specified). Tea and coffee making facilities in rooms are the exception rather than the rule. Swimming pools, heating and air-conditioning are not necessarily available all year round. BEDDING CONFIGURATION Prices are based on lead-in twin share accommodation, unless otherwise stated. Requests for specific bedding types must be made at the time of booking, but are not guaranteed. Double rooms may have either twin or double beds. It is common practice to link two single beds together to use as a double bed. Single rooms are often smaller than other rooms and may contain a single bed. Triple rooms usually consist of a twin or double bedded room with an additional sofa bed, folding bed or rollaway for the third person - the room may be cramped as a result. In villas and apartments the bedding configuration is as advised at the time of publication or booking, and is subject to change. Multiple bedrooms in villas, apartments or similar does not infer that these rooms afford total privacy. TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN Where a child shares a room with two paying adults and stays free, an extra bed may not be supplied and the child could be expected to share an adult’s bed. Additional charges may be levied and paid directly for child meals. Where a child discount rate is applied the child receives a bed, normally a rollaway. When children stay in a room without two adults the adult charge may apply. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS No special provision is made for travellers with physical or mental disabilities. Some accommodation and sightseeing may involve walking or climbing stairs. Special requests, such as wheelchair suitable accommodation and touring, ground floor rooms, cabins or limited step access, must be made to us in writing by your travel agent, and confirmed by us in writing; otherwise any such requests cannot be guaranteed. PASSENGER PARTICIPATION We, or our agents, reserve the right to refuse a reservation, or to exclude a passenger from a service whose socially unacceptable behaviour or medical condition is likely to affect the smooth operation of a service, or adversely affect the safety or enjoyment of other passengers. Any decision to refuse carriage, or exclude any person on these grounds will be made without recourse, refund or compensation. VARIATION & CANCELLATIONS Product descriptions were correct at the time of publication. We, or our agents, reserve the right to cancel or modify services due to events beyond our control including insufficient participants or adverse weather conditions. Where arrangements are cancelled, full refunds will be provided by us. PAYMENT TERMS STANDARD DEPOSIT A deposit of $150.00 per person, sent through your travel agent within 5 days of making the booking, is required to secure your reservation, irrespective of the status of the booking. Failure to pay the deposit on time may result in your booking being cancelled. You may be required to pay an additional deposit or mandatory supplements requested by the operator. ADDITIONAL CHARGES Any reservation that has to be rebooked due to expiry of the booking through non-payment of a deposit will be subject to an amendment fee of $33 in addition to immediate payment of the deposit. If we are unable to confirm the initial booking the deposit will be refunded in full. You will be notified at the time of booking if any additional deposit requirements apply. ADDITIONAL DEPOSITS & PREPAYMENTS Tours and Hotels: For booking dates over Easter, Christmas, New Year, Fair Periods and other special dates or holidays (as advised by our operator), you may be required to pay an additional deposit or mandatory supplements requested by the operator. This will be advised upon confirmation of space. Coach tours (pgs 4-15): $150 per person non-refundable deposit is required

at time of booking. The Beatles in Liverpool (pg 33): 100% non-refundable payment is required at time of booking. Premium small group tours (pg 35, 37 & 40): $300 per person non-refundable deposit required within 5 days to confirm booking. London & the Somme (pg 38): 20% non-refundable payment is required at time of booking. FINAL PAYMENT Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure from Australia. Bookings made over Easter, Christmas, New Year, Fair or Event Periods and other special dates or holidays may require an earlier final payment date. Exceptions to this are bookings made less than 45 days, where full payment is required within 7 days, or by sale-end date, or other payment deadline as specified in individual package conditions, whichever is the earlier. Some airline tickets and/or special offers may require payment well in advance of the normal requirements. We reserve the right to cancel the booking and apply the appropriate cancellation charges where you fail to meet payment conditions. Exceptions to this are: Coach Tours (pgs 4-15) where full payment is due 70 days prior to departure. Edinburgh Military Tattoo (pg 44) where full payment is due by 31 May 2016. SPECIAL BOOKING CONDITIONS & OPTIONS Some services cannot be booked without monies being paid. We will advise you if this condition is applicable. A full refund for the service will be made if the booking cannot be confirmed. For some arrangements an option system is used. Once an option is advised to your travel agent the deposit (or full payment if applicable) must be made within 5 working days in order to confirm your booking. If payment is not received on time the option will automatically lapse. AMENDMENTS Except as stated below, no fee will be charged for the first amendment or to extend an existing booking. For second and subsequent alterations, excluding extensions or additions, a fee of A$33 per booking applies. A proposed amendment or name change may be treated as a cancellation. Any additional charges applied by suppliers are payable by you. EXCLUSIONS Meals and drinks, transfers, optional sightseeing and entrance fees are not included in packages within this brochure, unless otherwise specified. Selfdrive itineraries do not include car hire. If you are adding car hire to the booking we recommend obtaining an international drivers permit prior to departure. Additional expenses to expect locally include one-way fees, additional and young driver charges, petrol (tank must be full on return), winter tyres and child safety seat. OTHER COST NOT INCLUDED IN PRICES SHOWN Airfares unless otherwise stated, visa and passport costs, travel insurance, vaccination and medical expenses, excess baggage, airport departure taxes, local government taxes, laundry, postage, phone calls, fax/email charges, beverages, items of a personal nature, tips not mentioned on the itinerary. ADDITIONAL CHARGES Due to the costs of communication and provision of documents a charge will apply for the following services: • Minimum Booking Value: A$33 for bookings with a total value of less than A$500. • Late Booking: A$33 charge for any booking made less than 7 days prior to departure from Australia or New Zealand. Additionally, full payment is required at the time of booking regardless of whether services are confirmed. This payment will be refunded in the event that we are unable to subsequently confirm satisfactory arrangements. • Document Re-issue Fee: A$66 for any amendment made which necessitates re-issue of documents. This may be in addition to any other amendment fee charged by our suppliers. • Credit Card Payment: A fee of 2% will be applied to all credit card payments and will be added to the amount to be paid. • Courier Fee: Where vouchers, tickets and travel documents are sent via specialist courier this cost will be charged to your booking. INVOICE ERRORS OR OMISSIONS (E&OE*) We reserve the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated for any service, notwithstanding that the invoice may have been paid in full. All confirmed bookings are issued with an invoice detailing the services booked. If any service is still on request this will be indicated on the invoice. DOCUMENTATION Travel documentation will normally be issued two weeks prior to departure. Documentation will not be issued until we are in receipt of full payment. Issuance of documentation does not absolve responsibility for any outstanding payments due. CANCELLATIONS All cancellations must be made in writing through Tempo Holidays in Australia or New Zealand. No responsibility is taken for cancellations of hotel bookings or other services made directly by the client or the client’s travel agent with the service provider, regardless of whether written proof is given. PARTIAL CANCELLATION Cancellation of confirmed services forming part of an existing booking will incur cancellation fees as listed. TEMPO HOLIDAYS CANCELLATION FEES Our standard schedule of cancellation fees is as follows: • 60 days + prior to the commencement of the service: forfeiture of deposit. • 60-15 days prior to the commencement of the service: 25% of total cost or deposit, whichever is greater • 14 days or less prior to the commencement of the service: 100% of total cost. If your holidays has commenced, 100% of the cost is charged. There is no refund for unused services or if portions of the holiday package are missed. If you fail to check-in at your designated hotel as confirmed, 100% No Show Fee will be charged. SUPPLIER CANCELLATION FEES These fees may be in addition to the charges outlined above. On some occasions, hotels, airlines and other service providers offer instant purchase rates which may involve cancellation or amendment fees of up to 100% if changes occur after booking, regardless of the date of travel. Supplier charges are based on the commencement date and cost of each confirmed arrangement. Some services have cancellation fees higher than the standard scale, as listed below as a guide. Charges may be up to 100% of the cost paid. ADDITIONAL CANCELLATION FEES Coach tours (pgs 4-15): 70+ days prior to departure, loss of additional deposit; 69-15 days prior to departure, 35%; 14 days or less prior to departure, 100%. Premium small group tours (pg 35, 37 & 40): 60+ days prior to departure, loss of additional deposit; 59-30 days prior to departure, 50%; 29 days or less prior to departure, 100%. Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Non-refundable after 31 May 2016. Lunch in the Cotswolds, Lake District in One Day, Luxury Paris Day Tour with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower, Chester in One Day, Welcome to Paris, Rock and Roll Liverpool, Paris Superstay with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower, From London to Loch Ness, British & Irish Connection, London to The Lakes (pgs 26, 18, 29 & 32): 60+ days prior to departure, loss of deposit; 59-30 days prior to departure, 25%; 29 days or less prior to departure, 100%. Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire (pg 16), Magical Land of Legends (pg 34), Shakespeare’s England, Wales & Cambridge (pg 36), The Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford (pg 37), Kent Castles, Gardens and Coast (pg 38), Island Hopping Adventure (pg 52), Scottish Castle Experience (pg 56), Northern Ireland & the Atlantic Coast (pg 65), West Coast Explorer (pg 66), South East

Ireland (pg 68), Escape to the West (pg 70): 60+ days prior to departure, loss of deposit; 59-22 days prior to departure, 50%; 21 days or less prior to departure, 100%. The Beatles in Liverpool (pg 33): Non-refundable at time of booking. REFUNDS No refund will be given for any service which is not used by you due to late arrival, early departure, or by choice. This includes the failure of any transportation to operate as scheduled. We do not authorise any supplier to promise refunds on our behalf. No refund will apply if the cost of your holiday is reduced after deposit or payment is made. TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel insurance is not included in our prices. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance from your travel agent at the time of booking to cover yourself against loss of monies paid in the event of cancellation due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances; as well as for medical expenses, loss of luggage and other expenses incurred while travelling. LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES Contact details of our local representatives are included in documentation. Please do not hesitate to contact local representatives for any assistance with difficulties or changes. If you need to alter your arrangements once overseas or to add services to your booking you may do this through our local representative. Any additional costs incurred therein must be paid directly. We cannot be held responsible for any subsequent complaint with arrangements booked directly with a supplier abroad. Cancellations of confirmed services must be notified through Tempo Holidays even if you have advised the local representative. CONSUMER CLAIMS We endeavour to ensure that all your arrangements proceed smoothly. However, should a problem occur during your travels it is essential and most practical to try to resolve it locally with the service provider. If you are unable to resolve the matter, it should be referred to our local representative immediately. If this is not possible we should be informed immediately. If you are unhappy with your hotel room or cabin please inform the duty manager so the situation may be rectified on the spot. If you fail to take these steps any claim to compensation may be reduced or denied. If you have an unresolved complaint this should be put to us in writing detailing the efforts that were made with the local operator to resolve the issue. Please send this with supporting documentation, via your travel agent, within 30 days of the date of the service. No claim made after this period will be considered. TIPPING Our prices do not include tips. Tipping tour drivers and guides is customary in the countries included in this brochure. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. OVERBOOKING Overbooking is common practice among airlines and hotels. You need to accept that any claim arising from overbooking may only be made against the airline or hotel concerned. Without prejudice to the foregoing, we will take every possible action to protect your interest should overbooking occur. BROCHURE CONTENT Every effort has been made to ensure that the brochure is accurate at the time of publication. We shall not be liable for any injury, damage or loss caused by any unintended inaccuracy. If for reasons beyond The Company’s control, and if The Company determines in the interest of safety and security or for operational reasons to change your package arrangements, modify or cancel scheduled services and/or accommodation, either in whole or in part we reserve the right to do so, and will endeavour to provide alternative arrangements of the same standard as that originally booked where necessary. COMPANY RESPONSIBILITY Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd is not itself a carrier or hotelier; nor do we own aircraft, hotels, coaches or cruise vessels. The services that we supply consist of arranging and coordinating accommodation, tours, cruises and transfers, making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers. We exercise every care in the selection of reputable airlines, tour operators, coach operators, hotels and other suppliers of the various travel services used in these services. It is important to note, therefore, that all bookings with Tempo Holidays are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by airlines, coach operators, hoteliers, and other service providers including but not limited to shipping, rail, car hire and restaurant operators, whose services we utilise, some of which limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage of baggage. We always do our best to ensure that your holiday arrangements are satisfactory, and we accept liability for, but only to the extent of, any loss or damage sustained by you as the result of our negligence, or that of our employees or agents. However The Company does not accept any liability of whatever nature for the acts, omissions or default whether negligent or otherwise, of those airlines, coach operators, shipping and cruise companies, hoteliers or other persons providing services in connection with your services pursuant to a contract between themselves and yourself (which may be evidenced in writing by the issue of a ticket, voucher, coupon or the like) and over which The Company has no direct and exclusive control. The Company does not accept responsibility in contract or in tort (actionable wrong) for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expenses or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or other events which is beyond its control, or which are not preventable by reasonable diligence on the part of The Company, including but not limited to war, civil disturbance, fire, flood, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or any other authorities, accidents to, or failure of machinery or equipment, or industrial action (whether or not involving our employees and even though such actions may be settled by acceding to the demands of a labour group). PRIVACY We respect your privacy and will not pass on your details to third parties except as required by law, or in the interests of securing reservations on your behalf. We are unable to accept responsibility for the confidentiality of information after it leaves our direct control. CLIENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY You should familiarise yourself with any health, passport or visa requirements that may be applicable in the areas that you intend visiting. You shall be responsible for all entry, exit, health and other documents required by law, regulations, orders, demands or requirements of the countries visited or transited. We will not accept liability for any loss or expense due to your failure to comply. You will be liable for any additional costs incurred (whether by the client or by Tempo Holidays on the client’s behalf), as a result of failure to comply with such requirements. You accept that you may be travelling through areas of political or climatic instability, high altitude and remoteness without proper medical services, and accept the associated risks. It is your duty to inform your Agent of any circumstances of which we should be aware, such as medical conditions and other facts which could impact on the smooth running of your travel arrangements. The making of a booking constitutes your acceptance of all booking terms and conditions as described herein and forms the basis of your contract with Tempo Holidays. TRAVEL AGENT’S RESPONSIBILITY Travel agents are responsible to advise us of any special requirements you may have and to communicate to you any changes or alterations advised to them by us. It is the responsibility of the travel agent to ensure all invoice details are correct and that you are made aware of, and acknowledge all booking conditions. No representation made by your travel agent to you concerning the quality, location, or any other matter in relation to the services and facilities provided by us shall bind The Company unless your travel agent has been expressly or impliedly authorised by us to make such a representation.

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