9 Day Celtic TrailStonehengeBathLondonENGLAND1 1 1 1 2LlangollenNORTHERN IRELANDGiant's CausewayBelfastKillarneyBlarneyCastleDublinWALESIRELANDGalwayCliffs of Moher2 CardiffNO. OF NIGHTS STAYDAY STOPDerry/LondonderryLondon ENGLAND1 3 1 Stratford-upon-AvonYorkHadrians WallEdinburghGlasgowSCOTLANDLoch NessOxford NO. OF NIGHTS STAYDAY STOPEXPLOREREXPLORERDates & Prices 2012Dates & Prices 2012TRIP CODE: HTUKATRIP CODE: HTUKBExclusive to Topdeck»»Evening Ghost Walk in YorkWhat's Included»»5 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)»»5 nights in hotel and B&B accommodation»»Modern air-conditioned coach»»Walking tour of all major cities»»Services of a fully trained Topdeck Trip Leader and DriverExclusive to Topdeck»»Visit to Guinness StorehouseWhat's Included»»8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)»»8 nights hotel accommodation»»Modern air-conditioned coach»»Walking tour of all major cities»»Services of a fully trained Topdeck Trip Leader and Driver4 countries visitedDay 1 Belfast, Northern Ireland. Today we meet our Trip Leader and travelling companions in Belfast. Discover the ever changing face of this friendly, vibrant city. (D)Days 2-3 Belfast to Galway, Republic of Ireland. This morning we head to the impressive Giant's Causeway. Then on to Londonderry before continuing to Galway. (B) (B) Day 4 Galway to Killarney. We drive through the Burren to see the dramatic Cliffs of Moher before arriving into Killarney, a lakeside Irish village in lush County Kerry. (B) Days 5-6 Killarney to Dublin. A drive south takes us to Blarney Castle before reaching Dublin. A walking tour introduces us to all the local sights. This afternoon we visit the Guinness Storehouse. (B,D) (B)Day 7 Dublin to Llangollen, Wales. A morning ferry takes us across the Irish Sea to breathtaking North Wales. (B) Day 8 Llangollen to Cardiff. Europe's youngest capital city, Cardiff is a fantastic mix of old and new, and its nightlife is legendary. (B,D)Day 9 Cardiff to London. First stop Bath, site of Roman Britain, then on to Stonehenge before returning to London by early evening. (B)For a detailed itinerary see days 6-14 of the 14 Day Britain & Ireland trip on page 116 or visit our website.6 Day The British Isle2 countries visitedDay 1 London to York, England. We leave London for the university town of Oxford. Then to the quaint town of Stratford-upon-Avon, famous for being the home of Shakespeare. We then make our way to York and its awe-inspiring cathedral. We finish the day with an evening Ghost Walk in York. (D) Day 2 York to Edinburgh, Scotland. First up is Hadrian's Wall, the northernmost outpost of Roman Britain. Then it's off to beautiful Scotland and its capital, Edinburgh. Tonight we enjoy an included group dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) Days 3-4 Edinburgh. Our walking tour takes in Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and Charlotte Square. Then we have a free day to explore Edinburgh's cobbled streets or take an optional trip to see the scenic Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness. Make sure you partake in the local food - haggis or maybe a deep fried Mars Bar - and the legendary nightlife. (B) (B)Day 5 Edinburgh to Glasgow. En-route to Glasgow we make a stop at a traditional Scottish whisky distillery for an optional tour and tasting. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening in cosmopolitan Glasgow. (B) Day 6 Glasgow. Our trip ends today after breakfast. (B)For a detailed itinerary see days 1-6 of the 14 Day Britain & Ireland trip on page 116 or visit our website.Go to topdeck.travel/The-British-Isle for more info.Go to topdeck.travel/Celtic-Trail for more info.AUDAUDStartFinish22Apr1227Apr1206May1211May12G20May1225May1227May1201Jun1203Jun1208Jun12G06Jun1211Jun1210Jun1215Jun1217Jun1222Jun12G24Jun1229Jun1201Jul1206Jul12G08Jul1213Jul1211Jul1216Jul1215Jul1220Jul1222Jul1227Jul1229Jul1203Aug12 ×05Aug1210Aug12 ×ET12Aug1217Aug12 ×ET19Aug1224Aug12ET26Aug1231Aug12G02Sep1207Sep1209Sep1214Sep1223Sep1228Sep12GG = Guaranteed Departure ET = In Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival & Tattoo6 Days from $960Total Trip Price $960Total Trip Price $1020Total Trip Price $1060Price based on per person twin share/double. 5% reduction for triple share.StartFinish27Apr1205May1211May1219May12G25May1202Jun1201Jun1209Jun1208Jun1216Jun12G11Jun1219Jun1215Jun1223Jun1222Jun1230Jun12G29Jun1207Jul1206Jul1214Jul12G13Jul1221Jul1216Jul1224Jul1220Jul1228Jul12 ×27Jul1204Aug12 ×03Aug1211Aug12 ×10Aug1218Aug1217Aug1225Aug1224Aug1201Sep1231Aug1208Sep12G07Sep1215Sep1214Sep1222Sep1228Sep1206Oct12GG = Guaranteed Departure9 Days from $1470Total Trip Price $1470 Total Trip Price $1580Total Trip Price $1655Price based on per person twin share/double. 5% reduction for triple share.
ICELAND111Reykjavíkstart/finishVikJökulsarlonEgilsstadirGlacier Lagoon Area HusavikAkureyriDettifossLake MývatnAreaPingvellirNational ParkStrokkurGullfossSkógarNO. OF NIGHTS STAYDAY STOP1111/1Dates & Prices 2012EEERRRRXPLOOEERRXPLOTRIP CODE: HTICEWhat's Included»»7 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) »»7 nights accommodation in twin share guesthouses and farm stays»»Air-conditioned vehicle»»Escorted services of an experienced English speaking guide and Driver1 country visited8 Day Iceland UncoveredDay 1 Reykjavík, Iceland. Arrive today and make our way to our accommodation in Reykjavík. Here we meet our local Trip Leader.Day 2 Reykjavík to Skógar. Today we drive to the famous Golden Circle of South Iceland. Our first stop is Pingvellir National Park, the great lava area in a rift valley, where the Icelandic Parliament met for centuries from 930 AD. We then visit the geothermic region, home to many hot springs, mud pools and geysers. Here we see Strokkur, the world's most active geyser. It is likely to erupt several times during our visit to heights of 100 feet. We continue our trip to Gullfoss, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland before heading through the farmlands of South Iceland to our overnight stay in Skógar. (B,D) Day 3 Skógar to Glacier Lagoon area. Today our first stop is at Vík's beautiful black beach, known for its Reynisdrangar, black basalt columns sculpted by the sea. A folk tale says that they are former trolls which were caught outside at dawn. We go via the sand plains of Mýrdalssandur and Skeidarársandur to the Skaftafell area where we have the chance to go on a leisure hike. This afternoon we visit Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon, the largest lake in Iceland. The famous glacial lagoon is full of icebergs where we can take an optional boat trip. Don't be surprised if it looks familiar - a couple of James Bond films, Tomb Raider and Batman Begins were all shot here. (B)Day 4 Glacier Lagoon area to Egilsstadir. We continue our drive along the south coast, now heading for the eastern fjords. We pass through fishing villages with stops at the harbours where you may see fishing boats bringing in the catch of the night. In the southern most fjords the young wild swans flock and in this area you also might come upon a group of reindeer. We stop at Petra's stone museum, a private collection of rocks and minerals where the home and garden have been turned into a museum. Our day ends in the town of Egilsstadir. (B,D)Day 5 Egilsstadir to Lake Mývatn area. Today we head to Lake Mývatn, crossing the north east highlands with a visit to the farm Sænautasel, an old turf farm that has been rebuilt. On the way we stop at the Dettifoss, Iceland's most powerful waterfall. The area of Lake Mývatn is a beautiful landscape with many interesting geological and volcanic features. The lake is known for the huge number of ducks that call it home. We visit pseudo-craters, solfataras with boiling sulphuric mud pools and a lava-labyrinth. (B,D)Day 6 Lake Mývatn area to Akureyri via Húsavík. This morning we spend more time exploring the Lake Mývatn area before we head to Húsavík, a picturesque fishing town in the north, only 50km away from the Arctic Circle! We spend some time down by the harbour, where we can visit the largest whale museum in Iceland. Late afternoon we arrive in Akureyri, Iceland's main town in the north. Today there may be a chance to go on a whale watching excursion on route! (B)Day 7 Akureyri to Reykjavík. We come full circle and today it's back to Reykjavik. We may be able to travel over the Kjölur, which is one of the two main routes across the Icelandic highlands and offers a scenic view of hot pools and mountain ranges. (B)Day 8 Reykjavík. Today we say goodbye to new friends with fresh memories of Iceland. (B)Jökulsárlón LagoonGo to topdeck.travel/Iceland-Uncovered for more info.GullfossGET BEHIND THE SCENES & THE LATEST TRAVEL NEWS WITH TOPDECK BLOGGERS AT TopdeckNews.comAUDStartFinish09Jun1216Jun1223Jun1230Jun1207Jul1214Jul1221Jul1228Jul128 Days from $2580Total Trip Price $2580Price based on per person twin share. 5% reduction for triple share