England, Scotland and Ireland Honeymoon

Wednesday 1st May – Saturday 18th May 2024

Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights


Overview

Picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring Ireland’s famous and off the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and ancient interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Wednesday 1st May - Arrival in England

Upon landing at London Heathrow, your private driver awaits, ready to whisk you away to the Northern Cotswolds. Amidst the picturesque landscapes, Dormy House beckons—an idyllic retreat of elegance and comfort. The scenic drive sets the stage for a tranquil escape in the heart of the Cotswolds, marking the beginning of an unforgettable journey.

Overnight: Cotswolds | Dormy House
Room Type: Spendid Room

Day 2 - Thursday 2nd May - Exploration of the Cotswolds

Set out on a delightful half-day exploration of the Cotswolds, with your private driver at your disposal. Wander through charming villages, each with its unique character, as you discover the timeless beauty of the English countryside. Explore at your leisure, taking in the idyllic landscapes and picturesque architecture that define the Cotswolds. This self-guided adventure allows you to savour the region at your own pace, creating cherished memories of quaint villages and scenic vistas.

 

Overnight: Cotswolds | Dormy House
Room Type: Spendid Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Friday 3rd May - Spa Morning and Historic Oxford

Indulge in a rejuvenating spa morning at Dormy House, immersing yourself in tranquillity amid the serene surroundings of the Cotswolds. Following a blissful relaxation, embark on an afternoon half-day trip to the historic city of Oxford with your private driver. Explore the iconic architecture and academic charm at your own pace. As the sun sets, transition seamlessly to an evening of luxury with a first-class direct train journey to London. Upon arrival, experience the epitome of opulence with a private transfer to your home in the city, Raffles OWO, marking the perfect end to a day filled with relaxation, exploration, and elegance.

Overnight: London | Raffles OWO
Room Type: Deluxe Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Saturday 4th May - London Highlights and History

As the morning unfolds, your private driver will weave through the city streets to Westminster, where a local London guide awaits to lead you on a fascinating tour of Westminster Abbey. Steeped in history and architectural splendour, the abbey reveals its timeless tales. A stylish twist awaits as a dapper chauffeur arrives in a traditional Mini Cooper, ready to showcase the city’s highlights in a uniquely charming manner. Cruising through the iconic streets, you will absorb the essence of London’s past and present. The day crescendos at the Tower of London, where your guide will unveil the fortress’s secrets and intrigues. Return to your hotel after a seamless blend of elegance, history, and bespoke exploration in the heart of London.

Overnight: London | Raffles OWO
Room Type: Deluxe Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Sunday 5th May - British Museum and Travel to Scotland

After a delightful breakfast, meet your guide for an enlightening tour of the British Museum. Delve into the rich tapestry of history and culture, exploring the treasures that span centuries. After a captivating morning of discovery, you bid farewell to London and catch a late afternoon flight to Glasgow. As you soar above the landscapes, the echoes of the museum’s wonders linger, preparing you for the next chapter of your journey in Scotland. Arriving in Glasgow make your way to your airport hotel for the evening to have a restful night before your flight to Islay in the morning.

Overnight: Glasgow | Courtyard by Marriot (Airport Hotel)
Room Type: Executive Guest Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Monday 6th May - Island Life

This morning a private transfer will collect you from your hotel to take you to the airport in time for your departing flight. Arriving in Islay be met by your private guide who will take you to explore the island. Visit the Ardbeg distillery this morning for a tour of their impressive distillery, enjoy a wonderful lunch before an afternoon whisky tasting experience. You then have the option to take a short stroll before more whisky delights await you at the award winning Lagavulin Distillery! Later, settle into your hotel, situated overlooking the bay on the west side of the island, have time to rest and relax.

Overnight: Islay | The Machrie
Room Type: Comfy Luxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Tuesday 7th May - Kildalton and more Whisky

Today, there is time for one last distillery before departing this beautiful island. Discover the island by foot while sampling the Uisage Bertha from The Laphroaig Distillery and stopping for a picnic lunch en route. This evening board your flight to the mainland. A transfer will await your arrival at Glasgow Airport to whisk you off to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh and your luxurious city centre hotel.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Deluxe Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Wednesday 8th May - Exploring Edinburgh

This morning immerse yourselves in the winding cobbled streets of historic Old Town Edinburgh as you enjoy a private walking tour with an expert local guide. Discover the highlights of this unique capital city from the Palace of Holyroodhouse all the way up the ‘Royal Mile’ to the mighty ancient fortress which is Edinburgh Castle itself. Walk the ramparts atop castle rock and hear the tales of the One O’Clock gun and the stories of locals of times past. Your guide will leave you here so that you can spend as much time in the castle as you wish. You then have a free afternoon to continue explorations at your own pace, pick up souvenirs or relax as you prefer.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Deluxe Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Thursday 9th May - The Lake District

Waking in the centre of Edinburgh, enjoy a hearty breakfast before your transfer from Scotland to the enchanting Lake District. Your private driver ensures a comfortable ride, with a charming lunch stop in a quaint town along the way. The scenic route leads you to the serene Lake Windermere, where a private boat trip awaits. Glide across the tranquil waters, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, and indulge in a delightful afternoon tea onboard. As the sun sets, you arrive at the luxurious Gilpin Lodge Hotel, nestled in the heart of the Lake District. The evening unfolds at your leisure, offering the perfect opportunity to unwind and savour this idyllic setting.

Overnight: The Lake District | Gilpin Lodge Hotel
Room Type: Spa Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Friday 10th May - Relaxation in the Fells

Awakening to the serenity of Gilpin Lodge Hotel, today is a day designed for your leisure. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the rejuvenation of a spa day, letting the soothing treatments revitalize your senses, or opt for a leisurely exploration of the picturesque surroundings, the day is yours to shape. With a private driver at your disposal, the enchanting landscapes of the Lake District are ready to be explored at your own pace. Revel in the freedom to create your adventure or simply unwind in the luxurious ambience of Gilpin Lodge. It’s a day dedicated to relaxation and personalized experiences in this idyllic haven.

Overnight: The Lake District | Gilpin Lodge Hotel
Room Type: Spa Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Saturday 11th May - Welcome to Dublin

Meet your private driver for a transfer to Manchester Airport where you will catch a morning flight to Dublin. Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you into the city to your 5 star hotel in the city centre. Check-in is at 3pm however feel free to leave your bags, freshen up, or have a bite to eat. Head out in the afternoon to enjoy a walking tour with a local private guide through this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to the Georgian to the modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion
Room Type: Superior King
Meals Included: None

Day 12 - Sunday 12th May - Tour of the Guinness Storehouse& Tasting at the Jameson Distillery

Indulge your senses in the world of Guinness with an intimate and exclusive guided tour of St. James’s Gate, with a Guinness Brewery Ambassador. For the discerning connoisseur, this tour delves deep into the history and origins of the iconic stout. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the working brewery that has stood here for the past three centuries. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, Guinness lovers will go into the tunnels underground, marvel at modern technology at Brewhouse 4, perfect the art of pouring beautiful Guinness, enjoy a delicious lunch at Guinness Storehouse and finish with a pint overlooking Dublin’s skyline at the Gravity bar. This evening, pull up a stool and enjoy an exclusive and intimate pairing experience at the Jameson distillery. Unlock all your senses as you pair luxury, hand-made Irish chocolates with Irish whiskey.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion
Room Type: Superior King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Monday 13th May - Galway Food Tour

Meeting your guide this morning and together you will head to the capital of Ireland’s west, Galway. Known as the ‘town of the tribes’ the small centre of cobblestone streets and colourful store fronts is vibrant, fun and cosmopolitan. What better way to spend an afternoon here than a delectable food tour? Stop off in the city and tantalise your taste buds with a delightful journey through Galway’s culinary scene. From artisanal cheeses, craft beers, to handcrafted chocolate, this will be a true feast for the senses. Continue on and check into the 800 – year old historic Ashford Castle, your home for the next four nights. Nestled between the shores of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, Cong is renowned for its natural beauty, rich history and its connection to pop culture. The surrounding area boasts a fascinating history that stretches back centuries, and there’s no better base to explore than Ashford Castle.

Overnight: Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Junior Stateroom
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 - Tuesday 14th May - Clay Pigeon Shooting & Archery at Ashford Castle

The 800-year-old Ashford Castle on the border of Galway and Mayo was once owned by the Guinness family. Ashford has a history dating back to the 12th century and has earned its place in Ireland’s history books. Today, Ashford is one of Ireland’s premier hotels offering an unforgettable experience to all its visitors. Today you will enjoy the archery and clay shooting range, where ancient traditions meet modern adventure. Step into a realm where precision and artistry converge with the thrill of the great outdoors, and immerse yourself in the timeless sports of archery and clay shooting. Surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Ashford Estate, this is a unique opportunity to embrace the essence of this historic castle while testing your accuracy and marksmanship. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a curious novice, this is sure to be a day to be remembered.

Overnight: Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Junior Stateroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 - Wednesday 15th May - Traditional Boat Trip & Picnic

Today experience the magic of Lough Corrib as you glide across the clear waters with an experienced guide, in a traditional wooden boat he hand-crafted himself. Together you will make a picnic pitstop on one of the fairytale islands on the lake – enjoy a luxurious picnic as your guide tends to a crackling fire built in a stone pit, and boils water for a warming cup of Irish tea. Enjoy a delicious meal this evening, an excellent end to your stay at Ashford Castle.

Overnight: Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Junior Stateroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16 - Thursday 16th May - London Bound

This morning, your guide will drop you to the airport to catch your flight back to London. Upon your arrival in the bustling heart of London, a private transfer awaits to sweep you away to the iconic Ritz Hotel. As you step into this epitome of luxury, immerse yourself in the timeless elegance of the Ritz with a lavish afternoon tea, where impeccable service and delectable treats await. With taste buds tantalised and spirits lifted, the evening unfolds at your leisure. Whether strolling through nearby landmarks or simply relishing the opulence of the hotel, the night is yours to savour in the vibrant ambience of London.

Overnight: London | The Ritz
Room Type: Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 - Friday 17th May - London Adventures

Today, the vibrant city of London is yours to explore at leisure. As you step into the lively streets, the possibilities are endless. Wander through iconic landmarks like the bustling Covent Garden, take a stroll along the Thames, or immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Kensington. Perhaps indulge in some retail therapy in the world-renowned shops of Oxford Street or revel in the artistic charm of the Tate Modern. The day is yours to shape – a blend of spontaneous discovery and intentional relaxation in this dynamic city. Whether sipping coffee in a charming café or absorbing the energy of a bustling market, let London reveal its myriad delights at your own pace.

Overnight: London | The Ritz
Room Type: Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 18 - Saturday 18th May - Onward Travel

Savour a leisurely breakfast in the elegant surroundings before bidding adieu to this timeless haven. As you check out, a private driver awaits to whisk you away to Heathrow, ensuring a seamless transition for your onward journey. Reflect on the enchanting moments in Scotland, Ireland and England as you make your way to the airport, the epitome of refinement lingering in your memories. It’s a departure with a touch of grace, marking the end of a splendid stay in the UK.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 18
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide as mentioned in the itinerary above
  • Ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary above
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically;
    • Entry to the Tower of London
    • Entry to Westminster Abbey
    • Private Tour in Traditional Mini Cooper
    • Entry to the British Museum
    • Private Tour at the Ardbeg Distillery
    • Private Tasting at the Lagavulin Distillery
    • Uisge Expereince at Laphroaig Distillery
    • Half Day Private City Tour of Edinburgh
    • Admission – Edinburgh castle
    • Private Boat on Lake Windermere with Afternoon Tea
    • Guinness Brewery Experience
    • Tasting at the Jameson Distillery
    • Private Galway Food Tour
    • Private Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery Lesson at Ashford
    • Chief Island Picnic & Boat Tour
    • Historical Walking Tour of Dublin
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip on guided days
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Pricing Read More

Please note the following pricing is based on 2 persons sharing a mix of rooms and suites throughout.

As Ireland and the UK are different countries with different currencies, we are unable to quote one trip cost and will require two deposits and payments in each countries local currency.

Ireland Portion pricing €11,128.50 EURO per person including VAT

England & Scotland portion pricing

  • £21,085 GBP per person excluding VAT
  • £25,302 GBP per person including VAT

 

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