Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland

Experience the best of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales on this in – depth exploration tour of the British Isles. In between time in the major cities—London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Cardiff—visit some of the historic towns and witness some of the breathtaking scenery.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive in London, England

Check into your hotel. in the afternoon, there is time to rest or to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Novotel London West, 2 nights

Day 2: London

What’s your pleasure? Today is devoted to exploring on your own or enjoying our exciting program of optional activities. You may choose to join a Local Guide for an optional morning sightseeing tour of the city’s famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Later, maybe visit Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its spectacular Crown Jewels. Tonight, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Day 3: London – Stonehenge – Widecombe – Plymouth

Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions to depart at 8 am for the West Country. Cross the chalky terrain of Wiltshire and visit STONEHENGE, one of England’s most intriguing mysteries. Explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument from up close. in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, ghostly setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, visit quaint Widecombe – in – the –  Moor. Later, in Plymouth, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620.

Hotel: Jurys Inn

Day 4: Plymouth – Glastonbury – Bath – Cardiff, Wales

Via Glastonbury and its legends of King Arthur to the elegant city of Bath, famed for its amazing Roman relics and Georgian buildings. Cross the spectacular Severn Bridge into Wales and head for the capital, Cardiff. Here, an orientation drive introduces you to all the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, Millennium Stadium, and the stately civic buildings. Tonight, why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dining?

Hotel: The Cardiff North

Day 5: Cardiff – Tenby – Tramore, Ireland

Enjoy vistas of rich dairy farmland this morning on the way to the pretty seaside resort of Tenby. Then, on to Pembroke, departure point for the Ferry across St. George’s Channel to Ireland. Arrive at Rosslare in just under four hours.

Hotel: Majestic

Day 6: Tramore – Blarney – Killarney

Today, discover why Ireland is called the “Emerald isle.” Drive along the southern coast, passing Cork, the country’s second – largest city. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time to see the castle, and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. Continue to the popular resort of Killarney. Tonight, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.

Hotel: Killarney Court, 2 nights

Day 7: Killarney – Ring Of Kerry Excursion

At Killorglin, join the road known as the Ring Of Kerry for a 100 – mile coastal panoramic drive featuring sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special optional adventure: take a horse – drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle.

Day 8: Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare – Limerick

Breathtaking scenery this morning on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32 – mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket islands, and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. Then, travel via Adare, a village known for its prize – winning thatched cottages, to Limerick. Tonight, consider joining an optional medieval banquet at a historic castle.

Hotel: Limerick City Hotel

Day 9: Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Dublin

Take a scenic route this morning via the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren on the way to the port city of Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. Continue across the mighty Shannon before arriving in Dublin. The optional dinner suggestion is a fun Irish cabaret evening with dinner, dance, and songs.

Hotel: The Bonnington, 2 nights

Day 10: Dublin

A day in the “Fair City” starts with an orientation drive through Eire’s capital, including statue – lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure. Later, why not join an optional dinner at the Guinness Storehouse?

Day 11: Dublin – Chester, England – Liverpool

Take the Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead on the Welsh isle of Anglesey with its tongue – twisting names. Follow the North Wales coast to Chester, the ancient county town on the Dee River. See the Roman remains, black and white half – timbered buildings, and the two – tiered arcades called the “Rows.” Overnight in Liverpool, of Beatles fame and once the departure port of the great transatlantic liners.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre

Day 12: Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green, Scotland – Glasgow

Drive into the tranquil Lake District, often considered to be the finest of England’s national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, visit Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Travel through the historysteeped Lowland Hills to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.

Hotel: Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End

Day 13: Glasgow – Fort William – Inverness – Culloden Moor – Grantown-On-Spey

Skirt the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond and head through wild Rannoch Moor into the Highlands. Pass through Glen Coe, where the MacDonald Clan was massacred in 1692, to Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Then, the Great Glen for vistas of the Caledonian Canal, Loch Lochy, and Loch Oich. Follow the banks of Loch Ness, home of the timid and timeless Nessie. Continue via inverness, the Highland capital and, on the way to tonight’s destination, stop at the battlefield of Culloden Moor with its memories of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Hotel: Craiglynne

Day 14: Grantown – On – Spey – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh

Drive through more spectacular Highland scenery for a stop in the pretty Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Then, travel via Perth and Dundee before crossing the Tay Bridge to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, has given us the rules of golfing. Continue through Fife and over the mighty Forth Road Bridge to spend the next two nights in Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: enjoy a traditional Scottish night out, with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Hotel: Novotel Edinburgh Park, 2 nights

Day 15: Edinburgh

A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200 – year – old “New Town,” home famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. in the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Later, join an optional tour of the former Royal Yacht Britannia. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0725 through 0815, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world – renowned Military Tattoo.

Day 16: Edinburgh – Jedburgh – York, England – Leeds

At Jedburgh, see the abbey ruins before heading towards the Cheviot Hills and the English border. Travel through wild Northumberland National Park and, on the way, see a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman coastto –  coast defense against marauding northern tribes. in York, England’s most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. Overnight is in Leeds.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Garforth

Day 17: Leeds – Stratford – Uponavon – London

in Shakespeare’s Stratfordupon – Avon, take photos of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and explore the town at your own pace. After returning to London around 4 pm, how about celebrating the success of your tour with an optional night out on the town?

Hotel: Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street  or Novotel London West

Day 18: Depart London

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 01, 29$4,249.00$5,574.00
June: 12, 26$4,249.00$5,574.00
July: 24$4,469.00$5,794.00
August: 07$4,469.00$5,794.00
August: 21$4,249.00$5,574.00
September: 18$4,249.00$5,574.00
2021 Europe tours with 2020 prices!

Book and deposit by 09 November and save 5% on all 2021 Europe tours (Conditions Apply)!

Inclusions 
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned motorcoach
Ferry Crossing: Pembroke - Rosslare / Dublin - Holyhead
Accommodation: 17 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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England, Scotland & Wales

Experience some of Britain’s fascinating towns as you travel through England, Scotland, and Wales, stopping for overnights in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Strathpeffer, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, and Plymouth.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive in London, England

Check into your hotel. in the afternoon, there’s time to rest or to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Lo ndon – Kensington High Street or Novotel London West, 2 nights

Day 2: London

Today is devoted to exploring on your own or enjoying our exciting program of optional activities. You may choose to join a Local Guide for an optional morning sightseeing tour of the city’s famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. Later, maybe visit Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its spectacular Crown Jewels. Tonight, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Day 3: London – Oxford – Stratfordupon – Avon – Leeds

Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. in Oxford, a walking tour shows you the colleges where Britain’s elite receive its outstanding education. Then, travel through the lovely Cotswold Hills to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Take photos of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and explore the town at your own pace. Your overnight destination is Leeds.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Garforth

Day 4: Leeds – York – Jedburgh, Scotland – Edinburgh

in York, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. See a section of Hadrian’s Wall, then motor through wild Northumberland National Park to the Scottish border. Then, at Jedburgh, see the abbey ruins before a late – afternoon arrival in Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: enjoy a traditional Scottish night out with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Hotel: Novotel Edinburgh Park, 2 nights

Day 5: Edinburgh

A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200 – yearold “New Town,” home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. in the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. Later, consider a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds out this optional evening. For departure numbers 0803 through 0824, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world – renowned Military Tattoo, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Day 6: Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Culloden Moor – Inverness – Strathpeffer

A day of memorable sightseeing: take the elegant Forth Road Bridge to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; then, cross the Firth of Tay and, via Dundee and Perth, head into the Highlands, with a stop in the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Cross the battlefield of Culloden Moor with its memories of Bonnie Prince Charlie, then, via inverness, head for your Highland destination.

Hotel: Ben Wyvis

Day 7: Strathpeffer – Isle of Skye – Glasgow

More heather – clad moors as you drive through the western Highlands to Lochalsh and the inner Hebridean isle of Skye. Return to the mainland by Ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig. Glen Coe, where the MacDonald Clan was massacred in 1692, and a drive along the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond are scenic highlights on the way to Glasgow, Scotland’s great cultural city.

Hotel: Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End

Day 8: Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District, England – Liverpool

South through the history – steeped Lowland Hills and a visit to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Drive through beautiful scenery in the Lake District, considered to be the finest of England’s national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day in Liverpool, of Beatles fame, once the departure port of the great transatlantic liners. You may

wish to join an optional city tour this afternoon.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre, 2 nights

Day 9: Liverpool – North Wales Excursion

A day dedicated to the mountainous splendour of North Wales. After a stop in pretty Betws – y – Coed, drive over spectacular Llanberis Pass and through Snowdonia National Park to Caernarvon, where the castle saw the investiture of Charles as Prince of Wales. Then, follow the coast road via the walled town of Conway back to Liverpool.

Day 10: Liverpool – Ludlow – Cardiff, Wales

First stop today is in the pretty market town of Ludlow before heading back into Wales and Brecon Beacons National Park, land of salmon rivers and the Welsh mountain pony. Finally, head through “The Valleys,” whose iron ore and coal were the raw materials for the industrial Revolution, to the Welsh capital. Here, an orientation drive introduces you to the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, Millennium Stadium, and the stately civic buildings. Tonight, why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner?

Cardiff The Cardiff North

Day 11: Cardiff – Bath, England – Glastonbury – Widecombe – Plymouth

Leaving Wales, cross the Severn Bridge for a visit to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famed for its Roman relics, before heading into the romantically scenic West Country and Glastonbury with its King Arthur associations. in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, visit quaint Widecombe – in – the – Moor, ghostly setting for Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Finally, in Plymouth, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620.

Hotel: Jurys Inn

Day 12: Plymouth – Stonehenge – London

On the final leg of your journey, take in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex and visit prehistoric Stonehenge. First, explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument from up close. Return to London around 3 pm. How about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town?

Hotel: Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street or Novotel London West

Day 13: Depart London

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 03, 31$3,339.00$4,333.00
June: 14$3,339.00$4,333.00
July: 12$3,339.00$4,333.00
August: 09, 23$3,559.00$4,553.00
September: 06, 20$3,339.00$4,333.00
2021 Europe tours with 2020 prices!

Book and deposit by 09 November and save 5% on all 2021 Europe tours (Conditions Apply)!

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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