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Ultimate England, Scotland & Ireland – Our Latest Unique Small Group Tour!

Ultimate England & Ireland

Have a look at our latest superb combination land/barge cruise tour! We are combining a week in a beautiful 16th century stone Manor house in the Cotswolds region of England, with a week on board one of two luxury barges – “Shannon Princess” in Ireland or “Spirit of Scotland” in the spectacular Highlands of Scotland.

June 17th – 30th, 2018 – Ultimate England & Ireland

September 16th – 29th, 2018 – Ultimate England & Scotland

Of course I never have any hesitation about promoting our barge cruises – you all know hw passionate I am about barging! Along with this, my recommendation of the beautiful new venture by Jones & Campbell in the Cotswolds is absolutely wholehearted. I love this region – for many it is the “quintessential” idea of rural England – and Welsh couple Joe & Angharad Campbell-Sait have put together a dream itinerary from their newly renovated Manor house. Visits to Sudeley Castle, Bath, Burford and Bibury are complemented with some really exceptional experiences such as a polo match at Cirencester Park Country Polo Club, where Princes William and Harry regularly play! A fabulous local farmers’ market is also included in the itinerary, along with plenty of free time to relax at “Bisley”, the gorgeous stone manor house that is your home for the week. Complete with luxuriously decorated bedrooms, elegant living areas with open fireplaces and beautiful grounds with swimming pool, this is a heavenly spot to park yourself for a few days!

Many of our guests do not want to travel to Europe and the UK for just one week’s barge cruise, beautiful as they are! Which is why our combination tours of a week in one carefully selected region in a luxury hotel and a week on a barge in another area has always worked so well.

Combined with Joe and Angharad’s beautiful itinerary we are offering a week on a barge cruise in either Ireland or Scotland. The Shannon Princess in Ireland (out of Dublin) has long been regarded the perfect way to experience some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes and historic sites – a beautiful barge cruise which includes charming towns and villages, fascinating history and classic Irish traditions such as fabulous musicians, Irish whiskey and haunted castles!

The fabulous Irish crew go out of their way to ensure your every need is accommodated. The Shannon Princess’s chef was trained at the Ballymaloe School and distinguishes herself at every meal with her signature dishes (and is well known as an excellent baker!), and the captain has piloted and managed the Shannon Princess for many years.

Ultimate England & Ireland

“Shannon Princess”

Alternatively, you may like to choose an England/Scotland combination. The “Spirit of Scotland” is a brand newly refurbished barge with three decks of living and entertainment space. The week on board the Spirit includes the famous lochs of the Great Glen, historic castles such as Inverlochy, Urquhart, Eilean Donan, and Cawdor; sites such as the fascinating Culloden Moor and entertaining local musicians and pipers while tasting the very best Scotch whiskey. It’s a superb cruise. You may like to include a few nights in beautiful Edinburgh at the end of the trip – easy for us to organise!

During the week on board “Spirit of Scotland”, you will cruise past famous Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.

Two itineraries are being offered in 2018, if you wish to join us! Click on the links below to see our full itinerary. Like all of our small group tours, we expect these to sell out quite quickly, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to come along! You can email me at info@toujoursfrance.com.au have a chat to me about this further.

June 17th – 30th, 2018 – Ultimate England & Ireland

September 16th – 29th, 2018 – Ultimate England & Scotland

If you’d like to have a closer look at “Bisley”, the beautiful stone manor house in the Cotswolds, please visit http://www.jonesandcampbell.com/