Castles, Coasts and Cathedrals:
Tour of the United Kingdom
An encompassing tour of the British Isles with visits to Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland with a focus on castles, coasts and cathedrals.
Aug / Sept 2022
Cars, Flights, Trains
DAY 1: TRAVEL DAY
Begin your travels by meeting the group at the Salt Lake International Airport for your international flight to Inverness, Scotland. The trip, which will include layovers, will begin day 1 and arrive in Scotland day 2 after traveling overnight. Travel will be in Economy Basic unless traveler upgrades to different class.
DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN SCOTLAND
After arriving at the Inverness airport, you will be driven to your accommodations. You will be given some time to settle into your room before heading out for an evening of local sightseeing and authentic Scottish fare. Don't miss out on the shortbread, but whether you try the haggis is up to you.
DAY 3: LOCH NESS
Discover 1,000 years of drama, have a glimpse at medieval life and enjoy majestic views over Loch Ness from the ruins of a renowned Highland castle. Urquhart Castle has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in Scotland’s history. You can also splurge on all things Nessy, Loch Ness' resident sea monster.
Relax after a day of sightseeing on a comfortable train and watch the passing scenery as you make your way from northern Scotland to Edinburgh in the south. Train ride will last about 3 hours and 45 minutes.
DAY 4: EDINBURGH
Climb steep Castle Hill to walk in the footsteps of soldiers, kings, and queens – and even a pirate or two. Edinburgh Castle, one of the oldest fortified places in Europe, has a long rich history as a royal residence, military garrison, prison, and fortress.
Walk the Royal Mile, stopping to enjoy the street vendors and musicians, hear bagpipes being played by those in traditional Scottish dress, learn how kilts are made, and shop for Scottish keepsakes.
After a full day in Edinburgh, sit back and watch the beautiful Scottish and English countryside pass by as we travel south from Edinburgh to Leeds. This train journey will last about 3 hours.
DAY 5: YORK
Get your first glimpse of old York from the city walls which surround the original settlement. Visit York Minster, one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Climb the 275 steps up the tower to get an incredible view of York and the surrounding countryside. Visit the Undercroft to see the oldest parts of the church. Stroll through The Shambles, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval shopping streets.
Tour the National Coal Museum to chat with charismatic former miners and hear how mining lingo, hardships, and dangers shape how the people of Yorkshire live life today. End the day with a stroll through the village of Hartington and up into the surrounding hills for a magnificent sunset view.
DAY 6: PEAK DISTRICT
Spend the day visiting the countryside and villages that make up the incredibly beautiful Peak District. Visit Eyam, the plague village, made famous for its selfless efforts to thwart the spread of the disease. Stroll through Bakewell, with its stone-faced shops and tall steepled churches.
Enjoy an authentic Sunday roast. Pubs across England offer Sunday Roast, usually consisting of roast beef, potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire puddings, each Sunday afternoon. Top it off with Sticky Toffee Pudding and you can't go wrong. Vegetarian options are also available.
DAY 7: CHESTER
Travel from the Peak District to Chester, stopping at National Trust’s Little Moreton Hall to enjoys this iconic manor house’s unique architecture.
Stroll ancient Chester for a truly breathtaking experience. Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse, the only 700-year-old Rows galleries, and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000-year-old Cathedral with Europe's finest example of medieval carvings.
DAY 8: WALES AND WORCESTER
Dip across the border into Wales and take a horse-drawn canal boat ride to the Pontcysylite Aquaduct. The 18-arched stone and cast-iron structure is used by narrowboats and was completed in 1805.
Continue south with a visit to Worcester and its majestic cathedral, situated on the banks of the River Severn. Walk along the tree-lined path beside the river to the swan sanctuary for the best photos of the cathedral and river. Spend some time strolling through the picturesque city center where shops abound.
DAY 9: THE COTSWOLDS
Visit the Cotswolds, a region of England sprinkled with picturesque villages, thatched roof cottages, traditional churches, iconic English houses and beautiful green rolling hills. Walk through Lower Slaughter, a quaint village known for its unspoiled limestone cottages. Wander the picturesque ruins of a 15th century manor house in Minster Lovell and admire the villages’ many thatched roof cottages.
See the childhood home of Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house adorned with beautiful gardens, walking paths, fountains, and a lake. It is one of the only non-royal country houses to hold the title of palace.
DAY 10: LONDON
Travel across the lush English countryside, with plenty of chances to stop for photo opportunities, as you head towards central London. You’ll have time to store your luggage in your hotel room before heading out for afternoon sightseeing in London.
Finish the day viewing the sunset from the Sky Garden. Towering high above the city, this urban green space boasts some spectacular views as well as some great dining and drinking spots.
DAY 11: LONDON
Choose to visit either the Churchill War Rooms, which chronicle the work of the Churchill administration during World War II from the underground bunker in which they worked, or Westminster Abbey, made famous as the sight of many royal weddings and coronations and final resting place for numerous famous Brits.
Have lunch at Borough Market, one of the largest and oldest markets in London. Spend the afternoon picking up souvenirs while strolling along Europe’s busiest shopping thoroughfare, Oxford Street. Take an evening flight from London to Shannon, Ireland.
DAY 12: CLIFFS OF MOHER
Visit the Cliffs of Moher, which rise up to 700 feet and stretch along 5 miles of Ireland’s Atlantic coast. Take in the cliffs from below by ferry before wandering along the seashore footpath above.
Spend the afternoon at Lough Gur Heritage Center, the only area in all of Ireland where you will see visible remains of every age of mankind through the centuries. View the largest stone circle in Ireland, a replica Bronze age shield uncovered in the area, and the legendary, horseshoe-shaped Lough Gur (lake).
DAY 13: BLARNEY CASTLE
Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Blarney Castle is a ruined castle housing the famed Blarney Stone, a kiss of which is said to grant the gift of the gab. From the top of the Castle, you can take in views of over 60 acres of parklands, which include gardens, avenues, arboretums, and waterways. Consider spending time in the Poison Garden, Himalayan Walk, Bog Garden, and Rock Close.
After a full day exploring the castle and grounds, travel from Blarney to Tralee on the southern coast.
DAY 14: DINGLE PENINSULA
Spend the day taking the circuitous drive around the Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula, on Ireland’s southwest Atlantic coast, is ringed by sandy beaches and craggy cliffs. Inland are rolling hills and mountains, including 3100 ft. Mount Brandon. The region is an officially recognized bastion of Irish language and culture. There will be plenty of stops for photos and stretching.
DAY 15: BUNRATTY CASTLE
Tour Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425, it now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art, capturing the mood of those times.
At Bunratty Folk Park, you will experience a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of the Ireland of over a century ago. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living village’ and rural setting. Close the evening, and our tour, with a festive medieval banquet.
DAY 16: RETURN HOME
Travel back by international flight to Salt Lake City from Shannon, Ireland. Return trip will include layovers and will be in Economy Basic class. Travelers may choose to upgrade to another class for an additional fee. Because of the difference in time zones when traveling from Europe to the United States, you will leave Europe in the morning and return to the Salt Lake International airport the evening of the same day.
Tour Pricing & Payment Schedule
The Castles, Coasts and Cathedrals Tour scheduled for Aug/Sept 2022 will be $3,400 per person, based on double occupancy. A $50 discount is given for payment in full at initial deposit; otherwise, the following payment schedule applies, per person:
- Initial deposit of $700 reserves spot
- Payment of $675 due on Oct 1st, 2021
- Payment of $675 due on Jan 1st, 2022
- Payment of $675 due on Mar 1st, 2022
- Final payment of $675 due on May 1st, 2022
If signing up after any deposit deadline, payment for any previous deposits will be due upon sign-up. Prompt payment is appreciated. Late payments are assessed a $25 late fee.
Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
Included in the tour cost:
Pre-tour information, such as what to pack and how to exchange currency
Round-trip airfare and taxes, economy class and non-refundable
Expertise of a tour guide throughout the tour
All sight-seeing and visits, as noted in the itinerary (unless otherwise specified)
All on-tour transportation, including trains, local flights, rental vehicles, and buses
One carry-on suitcase and one personal item which fits under airplane seat
All accommodations, based on double occupancy; typically, 3-star hotels and bed & breakfasts
Not included in the tour cost:
Expenses due to flight delays, strikes, inclement weather or other irregularities
Passport fees, visas and visa photos as required
Personal items such as souvenirs, laundry services, beverages, snacks and healthcare/personal needs
Optional excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary
Checked baggage fees and excess baggage charges
Seat requests and seat upgrades
Single traveler supplement
Refunds for tour services not utilized
Other items not specifically mentioned as included
Terms and Conditions
Please thoroughly review the Terms and Conditions on our website. Submitting a deposit for services constitutes a contractual agreement with Aticus Travel and represents your acceptance of the Aticus Travel, LLC Terms & Conditions.
Liability Waiver and Release Form
Please sign and return the Liability Waiver and Release Form for each tour participant. A parent or guardian must sign the form for any minor participants. A tour request is officially submitted when both the tour deposit and the Waiver and Release form are received by Aticus Travel, LLC for each tour participant.
Due to the strict cancellation policy, in order to protect your investment, and to provide you with peace of mind, we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Many reputable companies exist and you can look into any of them, but here are a few recommendations to consider: Allianz Global Assistance, TravelEx, World Nomads and Travel Guard.
Packing Checklist and Tips
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