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Cruise Shore Tours

Cruise Shore Tours

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Hotels to Suit

Start Date: Days to Suit

Group Size: Singles, Couple, Familes and Small Groups

If you are taking a British Isles cruise we can offer you shore tours from any of the major ports. From extended tours in London to the beaches of Normandy, we have a tour to suit you.

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With the proliferation of cruise tours around Britain and Ireland, the options for shore tours are huge. Here are some options we can offer but feel free to ask for other destinations.

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Why not create your own tour? As with all our tours the attractions you see will take account of your interests and can be adapted to what you want to see. So, if you want to see places not on the list below, just let us know. Complete our enquiry form to find out more »


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We start out tour at the TOWER OF LONDON. William the Conquer began building the White Tower as a symbol of his power. Over the centuries, buildings have been added to form today’s large complex. You will see the Crown Jewels and meet the Beefeaters. Nearby, is the iconic TOWER BRIDGE over the River Thames. Both these are in the CITY, London’s main trading centre. Passing through the small streets, stopping at the site where the great fire of London started before we arrive at ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the cathedral became a symbol of defiance in WWII.

London: Tower - City - St Paul's

We start out tour at the TOWER OF LONDON. William the Conquer began building the White Tower as a symbol of his power. Over the centuries, buildings have been added to form today’s large complex. You will see the Crown Jewels and meet the Beefeaters. Nearby, is the iconic TOWER BRIDGE over the River Thames. Both these are in the CITY, London’s main trading centre. Passing through the small streets, stopping at the site where the great fire of London started before we arrive at ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the cathedral became a symbol of defiance in WWII.

London: Westminster - Museums

London: Westminster - Museums

We start the day at WESTMINSTER, the resting place of English monarchs for over 1000 years. Just across the road from the Abbey is the seat of the Houses of Parliament and, the tower of BIG BEN. From here, we travel through St James’s Park to Trafalgar Square - now a fabulous pedestrian walkway and onto the NATIONAL GALLERY, home to many world famous paintings including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Constable’s Haywain.The oldest public museum on the planet is the BRITISH MUSEUM. There are 94 galleries spanning 2 million years of World history.

Cork: City - Market - Cobh - Old Middleton

Cork: City - Market - Cobh - Old Middleton

CORK is a city built on water - it lies between two arms of the River Lee. We will explore the waterways lined with merchants houses and warehouses. Established in 1610, the ENGLISH MARKET is a covered fruit and vegetable market selling a huge range of local produce. The COBH was the place where 2.5 million people left Ireland in the 1840s to escape the potato famine. THE OLD MIDDLETON DISTILLERY is the largest whiskey distillery in Ireland and the story of the production process explained in the tour covering the maltings, kilns and stills.

Dublin: Christ Church - Temple - Trinity College

Dublin: Christ Church - Temple - Trinity College

DUBLIN is set around the River Liffey, the city has a wealth of attractions within walking distance of each other. We will start with CHRIST CHURCH, built by the Normans in C12th before visiting ST PATRICKS with is spectacular interior and momuments to prominet Irish writers. Strolling through the busy shopping streets, our last stop will be TRINITY COLLEGE. This is one of the principal seats of learning and the building contains a glorious library, treasury and the BOOK OF KELLS - a richly decorated medieval manuscript.

Liverpool: World Heritage Sites - Beatles

Liverpool: World Heritage Sites - Beatles

Liverpool is a diverse, energetic place. The DOCK FRONT is a designated World Heritage Site because of the outstanding architecture and the city’s significance as a commercial port. We will walk the PIER HEAD and famous docks of the area. In the revitalised ALBERT DOCKS, there are a number of attractions including the BEATLES STORY. This transports you into the life of the Fab 4 and how the group was propelled to become the greatest band of all time. Highlights are George Harrison’s first guitar and John Lennon’s round spectacles. Attractions include the TATE and MARITIME Museum.

Belfast: City - Anrtrim  - Giant's Causeway

Belfast: City - Anrtrim - Giant's Causeway

BELFAST is a handsome city and the only city in Ireland to have benfited from the Industrial Revolution. Ship building, linen and tobacco were all large scale industries. A short walking tour will introduce you to the important sites of the city including the CITY HALL and CATHEDRALS. The ANTRIM COAST is a stunning coastline with sandy bays and dramatic headlands. The main attraction is the GIANT'S CAUSEWAY. This Ireland's only World Heritage Site and is a strange site making it the subject of many legends about giants. It has about 37,000 regular shaped volcanic columns extending down to the shoreline.

Glasgow or Stirling

Glasgow or Stirling

GLASGOW is Scotland’s largest city and has many elegant streets with outstanding Victorian architecture. At the east end of the city is the Cathedral – a wonderful example of gothic architecture. Built in the C13th, the church has a shrine to St Mungo – the patron saint of Glasgow. Overlooking the Cathedral, Glasgow Necropolis which is a graveyard to the rich and famous of Victorian Scotland. An alternative, would be to travel to STIRLING CASTLE where some of the country’s most famous warriors lived and fought including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.

Inverness - Loch Ness - Culloden

Inverness - Loch Ness - Culloden

INVERNESS is a busy city and after a brief stop here, we head down the west side of LOCH NESS. There are many great viewpoints to spot the monster! (boat trips are also available on the loch). At the southern end, URQUHART Castle is a romantic ruin and a very ancient site and it offers wonderful vistas of this part of the loch.The Battle of CULLODEN is arguably the most important battle in Scotland’s history. In 1745, Jacobites - mainly highland Scots rose up against the British government in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s claim to the throne.

Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile - Palace

Edinburgh - Castle - Royal Mile - Palace

We start our tour in one of the World’s most famous streets, the ROYAL MILE. At the top is EDINBURGH CASTLE, the most famous Scottish castle, dating from the C12th. You will hear the history and see the CROWN JEWELS and the Stone of Destiny. The Royal Mile has numerous alleys and legends and half way down is ST GILES Cathedral. Often referred to as the “Cradle of Presbyterianism” it was John Knox’s church in the reformation. At the bottom of the street is the Palace of HOLYROODHOUSE – the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. It is probably best known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots.

Paris or Normandy

Paris or Normandy

Paris is one of the world great citys. We start at the cathedral; NOTRE DAME - built between 1163 and 1345 on an island in the middle of the River Seine. A BOAT TRIP along the river to see the sites and will eventually arrive at the EIFFEL TOWER. At 1043 feet high, the tower weighs less than the cylinder of air it contains. The LOUVRE, possibly the most famous museum on the planet. Alternatively, NORMANDY and the historic WWII beaches and museums. Tours can include PONT DU HOC, ST MERE EGLISE and the AMERICAN CEMETARY.


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