A 32-DAY EX­TRAV­A­GANZA TAKES IN SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST FA­MOUS SIGHTS

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Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too, the rolling hills of Tus­cany and the Trevi Foun­tain in Rome are just some of the high­lights of an epic 32-day Bri­tain, Europe and Ire­land tour.

There are two de­par­tures next year – July 23 and Au­gust 6 – with trav­ellers hav­ing the chance to dis­cover the won­ders of Eng­land, Wales, Scot­land, Ire­land and Europe. A seven-night stay in London will al­low plenty of time to see the city sights, in­clud­ing vis­its to Windsor Cas­tle and Hampton Court, a cruise on the River Thames and the chance to see Agatha Christie’s play,

now in its 50th year. The King Wil­liam Travel ad­ven­ture starts with a com­pli­men­tary chauf­feur trans­fer to the air­port, where you will meet your tour man­ager and join your Malaysia Air­lines flight to London with an overnight stay in Kuala Lumpur.

In London, St Paul’s Cathe­dral and the Tower are just some of the many at­trac­tions on the itin­er­ary, which also al­lows a free day for you to ex­plore at your own pace. Leav­ing London, you will catch the ferry to Calais, bound for Am­s­ter­dam, where you visit a di­a­mond­pol­ish­ing fac­tory and take a river cruise past cas­tles and vil­lages.

Day eight takes guests into the wooded Bavar­ian Alps, home to the fairy­tale cas­tle of Neuschwans­tein. The trip con­tin­ues over the Aus­trian border and through spec­tac­u­lar scenery to Inns­bruck, cap­i­tal of the Ty­rol.

The next day cross into Italy, vis­it­ing Verona, be­fore ar­riv­ing in Venice. Spend a day ex­plor­ing this beau­ti­ful canal city; see the Do­ges Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the prison in which Cas­sanova was in­car­cer­ated but from which he made a dar­ing es­cape.

Then it’s on to Rome, where you can throw a coin into the fa­mous Trevi Foun­tain, which leg­end says will en­sure you re­turn. Cross the River Tiber into the Vat­i­can City and mar­vel at St Peter’s Basil­ica, visit the Vat­i­can Mu­seum and the Sis­tine Chapel with its famed ceil­ing painted by Michelan­gelo.

The tour then moves to the hills of Tus­cany and Florence, the city of art and cul­ture, be­fore cul­mi­nat­ing in Paris – home to the Eif­fel Tower, the Arc de Tri­om­phe and Notre Dame Cathe­dral.

Back in the UK there are vis­its to Shake­speare’s birthplace, Strat­fordupon-Avon and a night in Leeds be­fore mov­ing on to Scot­land’s cap­i­tal, Ed­in­burgh, for the Mil­i­tary Tat­too and a city tour.

Then it’s back to Eng­land’s pic­turesque Lake District, fol­lowed by Liver­pool and a ferry ride to Ire­land for a two-night stay in Dublin.

Dublin Cas­tle, which dates back to the 13th cen­tury is part of a city tour, with time in the evening to en­joy the hos­pi­tal­ity of a typ­i­cally Ir­ish pub. Your stay in Ire­land also in­cludes Lim­er­ick and Kil­lar­ney.

Day 26 takes in some of the best scenery in Ire­land as the tour makes its way to the Ring of Kerry where you will dis­cover a world of su­perb seascapes, tow­er­ing cliffs, charm­ing vil­lages and brightly coloured farm­houses. The ru­ral scenery of south Wales is next on the itin­er­ary, with a night in Cardiff. The tour ends in London, vis­it­ing Stone­henge on the way.

The tour costs $9640 a per­son, twin share, ex-Ade­laide, plus fees, taxes and Govern­ment charges of $790. A sin­gle sup­ple­ment is $2190. The price in­cludes econ­omy air­fares, 31 break­fasts, four lunches and 14 din­ners, all ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion and lux­ury coach tour­ing.

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