mercoledì 28 settembre 2011

One Week in London

LONDRA, la capitale del Regno Unito. Vibrante, ricca, meravigliosa.. cultura, intrattenimento e shopping si alternano a ritmi frenetici rendendola anche la città più popolata d'europa. I "londinesi" appartengono alle più diverse nazionalità, religioni e culture, facendone una delle città più cosmopolite del mondo e una delle più differenziate linguisticamente: vi sono 300 lingue parlate!!!!! 
Insomma non resta altro che prendere il primo volo disponibile e PARTIRE...
1st DAY
Speaker's Corner
Your Tour starts at the Orio al Serio airport at 06.00 am, your flight departure’s at 08.00 am. After one hour you’ll lend at the London Stansted airport, where a private coach transfer you to the NH Kensington 4* star that is in nearby Kensington palace.
After that you are the checked–in at the hotel you can give a first look at the city and you have free lunch, if you want in a typical pub.
In the early afternoon you meet with an escorted English speaking guide and you star the tour.
Begin from Hyde Park is a vast Royal Park inside there is an artificial lake called “the Serpentine”, moreover here you can find the  Speaker’s Corner create to give a place to the people can speak freely.
Kensington Garden
Hyde Park is bordered by Kensington Gardens  popular for walking, jogging but it is most famous for Kensington Palace that was the home of the Princess Diana and also for The
Princess Of Wales Memorial Playground. Another attraction is the Statue of Peter Pan.
After you finish the visit you return to the hotel NH Kensington for dinner and overnight stay.

2nd DAY
Breakfast at the hotel, you meet the escorted Italian speaking guide to start with a visit to another stunning part of London.
Today the first highlight is Buckingham Palace, the major tourist attraction in London, it is owned by the Royal Family; one part of the castle can be visited, it includes the charming decorated rooms.
Buckingham Palace is located in Westminster district and it is bordered by the Green Park  in north and St. James’s Park in the east, that are other two very spectacular Royal Parks in London. Here you can admire also the change of the Guard that takes place at 11.30 am but not everyday.
You have lunch in international restaurant and after that you continue the tour with the Westminster Abbey. It was started in 1050. It is located near the  House of Parliament and Big Ben, that you will admire in followers. In Westminster Abbey many Kings or Queens of Great Britain have been crowned since 1066.
After that you continue to the Houses of Parliament, located on the river Thames. House of Parliament is the seat of two parliamentary house: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
Next to the House of Parliament there is the Big Ben known also as the Clock Tower, it is very high but unfortunately it is not accessible, therefore you do not look London by its top. But you can do it by riding on the London Eye, that is a very popular tourist attraction. London Eye is located in Jubilee Gardens, it is 135 high and the Journey to admire London it takes thirty minutes.
You return to the Hotel NH Kensington for dinner and overnight stay.

3rd DAY
Breakfast at the hotel, you start a walking sightseeing tour  with in Piccadilly circus, that is a bustling heart of London, here junction  of the five major streets, but you will stroll only in Piccadilly Circus and Shaftesbury Avenue  where you can see the district  to Chinatown.
Piccadilly circus is a favourite place where the tourist pop in shop.
Shaftesbury Avenue is another trendy and vibrant district, here you can find many theatres and bar, pubs and snacks, where you can eat before and after to the show.
In the north there is an area called in past “red-light area”, in fact this was a Bohemian Area.
in the South there is, instead, Chinatown with lots of restaurants and supermarkets, Chinese shops.
The name of the shop and the street are in Chinese with the English translation in the bottom. You can have lunch in typical Chinese restaurant.
You continue walking to Trafalgar Square the largest square since the Middle Ages. In the centre of the square there is the Nelson’s Column, that was built of commemorate the victory to Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson. You con go on the visit to the National Gallery is in neo-classical style, it collection more 2300 paintings, including work from Van Gogh, Renoir, Leonardo Da Vinci, when you finish the visit, you return to the hotel NH Kensington for dinner and overnight stay.

4th DAY
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Oxford with private coach. When you arrive; you start a visit the University of Oxford, that is  the most famous in the world and many students would like to study in this university. You have lunch in a typical restaurant. After the lunch the group makes sightseeing tour to city centre, that is most famous for its a convenient location. In the west end area there are the major shops such as Templars Square Shopping Centre.

Another most important tourist attraction is Blackwells Books that is the biggest bookshop then Europe. The group has dinner in a typical restaurant of charming English country, after that they return to the hotel NH Kensington for the overnight stay.

5th DAY
Breakfast at the hotel and after that  you start to visit the British Museum is a vast collection of art and antiquities.
This museum has different sections for example: Pantheon Gallery and Egyptian Collection. An important archaeological find that is preserved here is the “stele di Rosetta”, that allowed to translate the hieroglyphic.
After the visit you have lunch in a pub in Russell Square; you continue to the “City” that is very bustling during  the week day but in the week-end the “ City” is desolated, there are also the tourist.

The “ City” is the economy and financial centre of London with its bank and Insurances, here there is also the London Wall was built in the roman period. Another important tourist attraction in the “ City-Area” is: St. Paul’s Cathedral built by Christopher Wren between 1675 and 1711, it is in classical baroque style. After that you return to the hotel  NH Kensington for dinner and overnight stay.

6th DAY
Breakfast at the hotel, today the tour starts with Tower of London was built in the 11th century. It was strategically built near the river Thames and consist of twenty towers in total. After that you can admire the Tower Bridge, the  symbol of London. The Bridge is in Victorian style and it is six meters long and forty-three meters high.

You have free lunch, after you go at the Madame Taussaud’s is the London’s favourite attraction where you can admire the statues of world leaders, actors, sports legend and other characters all made of wax.
After that you send the last evening in the Regent’s park, that is spectacular park where there is also the London Zoo.
You return to the hotel NH Kensington for dinner and overnight stay.

7th DAY
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer from Stansted airport for your homebound  flight.
Bye-Bye London

martedì 7 settembre 2010

NOT ONLY PUB..BUT ALSO CULTURE:6Night and 5Day in Dublin and an exscusion in Cork

Good Evening/Buona Sera
Possiamo far partire il nostro VIAGGIO da Dublino, capitale della Repubblica d'Irlanda, nonchè famosa ambientazione dell'Ulisse di James Joyce, ricca di cultura percepita attraverso i suoi edifici in stile gregoriano e vivacissima città definita "a misura d'uomo", giovane, vivace numerosi sono i pub presenti.

Vi auguro una buona lettura e spero anche qualche consiglio per chi volesse provare il tour di persona.. :)

1st DAY
St.Stephan's Green
Your Tour starts at the airport. After one hour you’ll lend at the Dublin airport, where a private coach transfers you to  the Hotel  that is in nearby St. Stephan’s Green. After checking-in procedure at the hotel you can give a quick look at the city and you have lunch in a typical pub in near the hotel.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral
In the afternoon you meet with English speaking guide and you start the Tour. You start with the St. Stephan’s Green, the stunning Georgian Park in the city center, it was built as a present for the people of the city by the Guinness family in 19th century; here during the sunny days the people can walk, pick-nick and sunbathe in park.

After that you finish to admire the St. Stephan’s Green, you continue with the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, that is the National Church was built in 1192, where St. Patrick performed his first baptism in Ireland, It was built in Irish Gothic Style and it has the biggest Organ Church of Ireland. After you finish the visit, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

2nd DAY

Trinity College
Breakfast at the hotel, you meet the escorted English speaking guide and begin to visit another important and famous highlights.

Today, the tour stars with the Trinity College was the first university in Ireland and was founded in 1592 by the Dublin Corporation and Archbishop, It was a protestant college and modeled on Cambridge University.

Dublin Castle
Now in the Trinity College there is a treasures as “The Book Of Kells” contain the four Gospels of the New Testamentthe ancient, it is Celtic manuscript. After the visit you can have a lunch in a restaurant near the Dublin Castle that’ll be the next tourist attraction. Dublin Castle built in 1204 by King John for site of administration and the defense of the city. It was the center for Britain govern until 1922, when it was handed over the new Irish Free State, after the fire the building was rebuilt in the old medieval stile. You have dinner at the hotel, after you can go in lively Irish pub, after that you will return to the hotel for the overnight stay.

3rd DAY

Guinnes Storehouse
Breakfast at the hotel, you catch the bus to continue your sightseeing tour and arrive a nearby Guinness Storehouse where you’ll discover the world famous beer, its story begins over 250 years ago and ends in the Gravity Bar at the seventh floor of the Guinness palace, where the tourist can admire also Dublin by its top.

When you finish he visit, you’ll have lunch in a pub in Thomas Street, after you continue the visit with the most amazing building in the city: the Christ Church Cathedral.
Christ Church Cathedral

That is the cathedral church of the archdiocese. It was built in two different period therefore in two different styles one part in Gothic stile another in Romanesque. Here King Edward VI was crowned and the Lord deputies took oaths of office.

Temple Bar
Afterword you return to the hotel for dinner, in the evening you can enjoy an outing to a popular and typical are: the Temple Bar. That is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey, in a medieval street. This part of the city is known also as “Dublin’s cultural quarter” with its lively nightlife that is popular also with tourists.


Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Cork by train, after a two hour Journay you arrive in Cork and start your sightseeing tour of the city. Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland the city’s name derive from Irish and meaning “ marshy place”.

Blarney Stone
The Major place of interest are: St. Patrick’s Street that is most famous shopping street as well as Cork Opera House is the few modern in Ireland, a place for particular interesting is “The English Market” accessible from Patrick’s street, it is a covered market for fish, fruit, meat spices and luxury foods. After you can see all that, you have a lunch.

Blarney Castle
The visit continue to the Blarney Castle that was built 600 years old by the captain Cormac MacCarthy to attract the attention further of Munster, so Blarney became a world landmark and one the Ireland greatest treasures. Here it finds also the Blarney Stone at the top of our Tower. This Stone have a legend that say “ Kiss it ,and you’ll never again be lost for word”. After that you will transfer to the hotel in Cork for dinner and overnight stay.

5th DAY

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer by Train to Dublin where you arrive after two hours. When you arrive, visit The Four Courts that is the Supreme Court and the High Court of Ireland, it was built in 1786 by the James Gandon, but during the Civil War in 1922, it was damaged and most of document were destroyed. After you finish the visit, have lunch in typical restaurant .

In the Afternoon, you continue to admire the Custom House that is magnificent building, it was built between 1781-1791 by James Gandon in Neoclassical style; it was the custom and the harbor of Dublin, but when the harbor was transfered around about the river outlet, it became the site of govern.

After you return to the hotel for dinner. Today you spent you last evening in Dublin in a picturesque pub. After that you return to the hotel in Dublin for overnight stay.

6th DAY

Breakfast at the hotel and you have morning at leisure, that you spent to enjoy in Grafton Street the major Shopping street in Dublin, where you have free lunch. Here you can admire Wally Malane Statue.

After that you’ll be transfer at the Dublin Airport for your Homebound Flight.