From the Shannon to the Thames

You’ve seen photos of London’s Big Ben—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve heard about Dublin’s friendly culture—now’s your time to experience it. You’ve read William Shakespeare’s plays—now’s your time to visit his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. You’ve heard of the ill – fated Titanic—now’s your time to travel to Belfast and learn about how it was built. You’ve seen photos of Stonehenge—now’s your chance to stand in front of it. You’ve seen photos of Edinburgh Castle—now’s your chance to see it. All of this—and much more—are included on this Ireland, Scotland and England tour. Your tour starts in Limerick, Ireland and ends in London, England. In between, you’ll see breath-taking landscapes, visit historical sights, see the famous landmarks, and learn about the cultures and histories of these countries. You’ll overnight in Limerick, Killarney, Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, York, Bath, and London.

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

Day 1: Arrive in Shannon, Ireland – Limerick

Cead mile failte – a hundred – thousand welcomes! After checking into your hotel, free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel’s leisure amenities or explore the city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Strand, 2 nights

Day 2: Limerick. Cliffs of Moher & Galway Excursion

Your holiday starts in earnest with a drive to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, to savour the magnificent panorama of the Clare coast. Then, visit Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. And finally, a special treat: at Rathbaun Farm, watch the farmer shear a sheep or manoeuvre a flock with the help of a sheep dog. Then, enjoy a Traditional Tea in the 150 – year – old farmhouse. A suggestion for a unique night out: an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle.

Day 3: Limerick – Adare – Ring of Kerry – Killarney

A day full of splendid scenery. Head south and stop at quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages. At Killorglin, join the famous Ring of Kerry for a 100 – mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Overnight is in the popular resort of Killarney.

Hotel: Killarney Towers

Day 4: Killarney – Blarney – Cashel – Dublin

On the way to Dublin, stop in Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone, and Cashel to take your photographs of the rock where St. Patrick preached in the 5th century. Later, why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter?

Hotel: Royal Marine at Dun Laoghaire, 2 nights

Day 5: Dublin

The morning’s orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue – lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Day 6: Dublin – Lisburn, Northern Ireland – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast

Cross the Boyne River and stop in Lisburn on your way to the aweinspiring Giant’s Causeway. Hear how millions of years ago, erupting lava cooled slowly and evenly to form more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Spend the night in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.

Hotel: Europa

Day 7: Belfast – Edinburgh, Scotland

First thing this morning, visit the fascinating Titanic Experience and learn about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Next, board your Ferry and cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland’s southwest coast, and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. Tonight, enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Hotel: InterContinental Edinburgh The George, 2 nights

Day 8: Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200 – year – old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers 0805, 0812, 0819 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 9: Edinburgh – Alnwick, England – York

This morning at Alnwick Castle, the choice is yours: visit the Castle itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, featured in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, or explore Alnwick Garden, with its breathtaking fountains and waterfalls. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.

Hotel: Holiday Inn

Day 10: York – Stratford-upon-Avon – Bath

Head for Stratford-upon-Avon to take your photographs of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, then visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, enjoy a Light Lunch, and take some time to wander around the historic market town. In the afternoon, drive to elegant Georgian Bath and explore the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths, built nearly 2,000 years ago.

Hotel: Hilton

Day 11: Bath – Stonehenge – London

A drive through Salisbury Plain brings you to Stonehenge, the most famous monument of prehistoric Europe. First, explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire its magnificence up close. In London, your final destination, why not take in a Shownight Theater Evening?

Hotel: Hilton London Metropole Park Park Plaza Waterloo or Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 2 nights

Day 12: London

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, an optional dinner, followed by a relaxed nighttime cruise on the Thames River, viewing some of the capital’s most beautiful illuminated sights, would be an incredible finale to your holiday.

Day 13: Depart London

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 05$4,929.00$6,499.00
June: 02, 16, 30$4,929.00$6,499.00
July: 14$4,929.00$6,499.00
August: 11$5,139.00$6,709.00
August: 25$4,929.00$6,499.00
September: 08$4,929.00$6,499.00
September: 22$4,829.00$6,399.00
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Book and deposit by 09 November and you can save 10% on 2021 Europe tours (Conditions Apply)!

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned motorcoach
Ferry Crossing: Belfast - Cairnryan
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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Heart of England

Neolithic man, Roman forces, celebrated writers and contemporary filmmakers have all made a mark on England’s heartland. On this quintessentially English tour, we’ll follow their tracks – covering Wiltshire’s ancient stone circles and movie-set good looks, the delightful hamlets of the Cotswolds, Oxford’s ‘dreaming spires’ and Bath’s incredible architecture.

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

Day 1: London

After meeting the group in England’s vibrant capital, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Wellington by Blue Orchid or similar

Day 2: London – Oxford – Stratford-upon-Avon

After breakfast, we’ll set our sights on our first stop: charming Oxford. Here, we’ll learn about the poets, professors, scientists and sporting heroes that have graced the city’s streets over the years with a locally guided walking tour. Then: we’ll venture through quintessential English countryside to meet with the Cotswolds. This charming area is a patchwork of green hills and farmland, peppered with centuries-old villages and caramel-hued cottages. We’ll enjoy some free time to stroll the elegant terraced High Street of Chipping Campden – before tucking into another delicious group dinner at our hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Hotel: The Arden Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Stratford-upon-Avon – Cotswolds – Stratford-upon-Avon

The life and times of William Shakespeare will take centre stage today when we pay a visit to the playwright’s timbered childhood home and his wife Anne Hathaway’s pretty thatched cottage. A stroll through the blooming gardens here is a must! We’ll have some time to enjoy lunch at our leisure – before we explore some picturesque Cotswolds hamlets this afternoon. This evening will be ours to spend at our leisure.

Day 4: Stratford-upon-Avon – Lacock – Bath

Day four promises to be an indulgent one, with an afternoon of high tea on the agenda before we move on to Lacock. This showstopper of a village often doubles as a film set, and you may recognise it from Pride and Prejudice or The Other Boleyn Girl. After imagining ourselves as costume drama heroes and heroines, we’ll step inside the magnificent abbey – whose peaceful cloisters took a starring turn as the Hogwarts hallways in the Harry Potter series. Then: onwards to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city with true ‘wow’ factor, where we’ll make ourselves at home for our final two nights. This evening, we’ll spend exploring Bath at our own pace.

Hotel: The Abbey Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Bath

After receiving a fascinating insight into Roman life on a morning visit to the Roman Baths, we’ll visit the museum at No. 1 Royal Crescent. The afternoon will then be yours to explore the city for yourself. You could enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ at Thermae Bath Spa (Britain’s only thermal spa), and bathe in mineral-rich waters while scanning the skyline from the rooftop pool – or, if you’d prefer to explore on foot, you could discover Bath’s proud independent side as you wander past stylish boutiques and celebrated coffee shops. At our last dinner together, we’ll swap stories and look back on our English journey with fond memories.

Day 6: Bath – Longleat House – Avebury – London

The current seat of the Marquess of Bath, the impressive Longleat House blends classic architecture with creative interiors – and it’s here that we’ll start the day. We’ll have plenty of time to explore before we move on to Avebury, an immense stone circle set within an ancient landscape of enigmatic monuments, tombs and roads. While Stonehenge attracts tourists from around the world and does not permit close access, at Avebury we’ll have the opportunity to walk freely among the standing stones. Steeped in mystery, this prehistoric stone circle is a fascinating sight – and makes for a tremendous final stop. Later this afternoon, our trip will come to a close back in London.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$3,019.00$3,769.00
May: 08, 29$3,079.00$3,999.00
June: 19$3,079.00$3,999.00
July: 11$3,079.00$3,999.00
August: 14, 28$3,079.00$3,999.00
September: 04$3,079.00$3,999.00
September: 18$3,019.00$3,769.00
October: 03$2,869.00$3,449.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 4 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
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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Celtic Highlights

From their breath – taking scenery to their vibrant cities and small towns, this fascinating tour delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle. You’ll start and end in Glasgow and overnight also in Inverness and Edinburgh in Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dublin, Killarney, Limerick, and Sligo in Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about the history and cultures as you visit some of the areas’ must – see attractions. For example, in Belfast you will visit the Titanic Experience to learn more about this ship and its ill – fated maiden voyage.

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

Day 1: Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel with the rest of the day free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Jurys Inn or Radisson Blu

Day 2: Glasgow – Fort William – Inverness

Your Celtic adventure starts in earnest with a city drive, taking in the fine 12th – century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. On the way this morning: the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, lovely Loch Linnhe, and Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster. Spend the night in Inverness, the Highland capital.

Hotel: Mercure Inverness

Day 3: Inverness – Culloden – Blair Atholl – Edinburgh

At Culloden Visitor Centre, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, drive through the Cairngorms National Park and visit Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Tonight in Edinburgh, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott or DoubleTree by Hilton – Edinburgh City Centre, 2 nights

Day 4: Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200 – year – old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore Holyrood Palace (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this evening. For departure numbers 0809 through 0824, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the worldrenowned Military Tattoo.

Day 5: Edinburgh – Gretna Green – Grasmere, England – Liverpool

On the way through the history – steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green. Then, leave the land of the Scots and journey into England through the tranquil Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, to try original Grasmere Gingerbread. In Liverpool, visit The Beatles Story, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”

Hotel: Novotel

Day 6: Liverpool – North Wales – Dublin, Ireland

Travel to lovely Betws – y – Coed, then through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and over breathtaking Llanberis Pass. After a stop at Caernarvon, cross Britannia Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey for a photo stop at tongue – twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. At Holyhead, board your Ferry and cross the Irish Sea to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter?

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Custom House or The Gibson, 2 nights

Day 7: Dublin

An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue – lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, consider an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Day 8: Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Blarney – Killarney

Horse – racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. On the way to Killarney, pause to take photos at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone.

Hotel: Killarney Towers or Scotts

Day 9: Killarney – Ring Of Kerry – Adare – Limerick

Follow the road known as the Ring Of Kerry for a spectacular 100 – mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Have your camera ready for sparkling seascapes, brightly coloured farmhouses, subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. In the afternoon, travel via quaint Adare to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle.

Hotel: Clayton

Day 10: Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Sligo

Drive to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic, and step on to the edge of the world to admire the aweinspiring views and watch the birds glide along the rugged cliffs. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren, reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. Then, spend the night in the coastal seaport and county town of Sligo.

Hotel: Clayton or Radisson Blu

Day 11: Sligo – Derry, Northern Ireland – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast

First highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a walk on the Old Town walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, take your photographs of Dunluce Castle, then visit aweinspiring Giant’s Causeway, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay in Belfast tonight, Northern Ireland’s seat of government.

Hotel: Stormont

Day 12: Belfast – Glasgow, Scotland

This morning, visit the fascinating Titanic Experience and learn about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Board your Ferry for the crossing of the North Channel to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. Back in Glasgow, celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Jurys Inn or Radisson Blu

Day 13: Depart Glasgow

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 26$4,869.00$6,467.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 31$4,929.00$6,527.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$4,929.00$6,527.00
July: 05, 19, 26$4,929.00$6,527.00
August: 02$4,929.00$6,527.00
August: 09, 16, 23$5,139.00$6,737.00
August: 30$4,929.00$6,527.00
September: 06, 13$4,929.00$6,527.00
September: 27$4,899.00$6,497.00
2021 Europe tours with 2020 prices!

Book and deposit by 09 November and you can save 10% on 2021 Europe tours (Conditions Apply)!

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned motorcoach
Ferry Crossing: Holyhead - Dublin / Belfast - Cairnryan
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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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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Essential Britain

On this Essential Britain tour you’ll experience some of Britain’s most fascinating towns as you travel through England, Wales, and Scotland stopping for overnights in London, Plymouth, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, and York. Plus, part of the charm of traveling through Britain is seeing the marvellous scenery and on this Britain tour you’ll get the opportunity to witness some of its most scenic areas. You’ll cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors; visit the former smugglers’ port of Looe; drive through Brecon Beacons National Park, with its dramatic landscapes; explore England’s tranquil Lake District, England’s largest and finest natural park; visit the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland’s best scenery; and trace the shores of Loch Ness.

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

Day 1: Arrive in London, England

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. After checking into your hotel and an afternoon at leisure, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Hotel: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Day 2: London – Stonehenge – Plymouth

Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and depart London at 8 am. First, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric Stonehenge. Explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Continue on through Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, and head to Plymouth where you spend the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Plymouth, 2 nights

Day 3: Plymouth – Cornwall Excursion

A day full of West Country sights as you head to Poldark’s Cornwall and to the pretty fishing village and former smugglers’ port of Looe. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers with a Cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbours. Back in Plymouth, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub?

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

At Glastonbury, hear about its connection to King Arthur, and in elegant Bath, see the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths, with time to explore further on your own. Stay the night in Cardiff, the Welsh capital. You might want to join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight.

Hotel: Mercure Holland House

Day 5: Cardiff – Builth Wells – Llangollen – Liverpool, England

Your journey through Wales takes you north along the Taff Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park, and via the ancient market town of Builth Wells. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen, host to one of the world’s most colourful annual music festivals. Spend the night in Liverpool; you may wish to join an optional city tour this afternoon.

Hotel: Novotel

Day 6: Liverpool – Grasmere – Gretna Green, Scotland – Glasgow

Start the day with a visit to The Beatles Story, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Later, focus on the tranquil Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a break in Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere and try original Grasmere Gingerbread. Then, head north for the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples, and take part in a Wedding Re – Enactment. Overnight in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn or Radisson Red Glasgow

Day 7: Glasgow – Isle of Skye – Inverness

Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, and the “Road to the Isles.” At Mallaig, board your Ferry for the crossing to the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and famous for its dramatic landscapes. Return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to the Highland capital.

Hotel: Mercure Inverness

Day 8: Inverness – Culloden – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh

Main features today: the battlefield of Culloden Moor; the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry; St. Andrews; and over the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. For departure numbers 0801 through 0822, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world – renowned Military Tattoo.

Hotel: Leonardo Royal Haymarket or Mercure Princes Street, 2 nights

Day 9: Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200 – year – old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore Holyrood Palace (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening.

Day 10: Edinburgh – Alnwick, England – York

This morning at Alnwick Castle, the choice is yours: visit the Castle itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, featured in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, or explore Alnwick Garden, with its breathtaking fountains and waterfalls. Next, make your way to York, England’s most complete medieval city. Here, stand in front of the great structure of the Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.

Hotel: Mercure York Fairfield Manor

Day 11: York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon to take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your holiday.

Hotel: Hilton London Metropole or Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Day 12: Depart London

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 10$3,889.00$4,926.00
April: 17$3,929.00$4,966.00
April: 24$4,139.00$5,176.00
May: 08, 15, 29$4,209.00$5,246.00
June: 05, 19, 26$4,209.00$5,246.00
July: 10, 24$4,209.00$5,246.00
July: 31$4,419.00$5,456.00
August: 07, 14, 21$4,419.00$5,456.00
August: 28$4,209.00$5,246.00
September: 04, 11, 18, 25$4,209.00$5,246.00
October: 09$4,039.00$5,076.00
2021 Europe tours with 2020 prices!

Book and deposit by 09 November and you can save 10% on 2021 Europe tours (Conditions Apply)!

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 11 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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Britian & Ireland in Depth

Travelling through the small towns and larger cities, this Britain and Ireland tour is our most complete view of the British Isles. On any tour through Britain and Ireland you’d expect to visit ancient ruins, majestic castles and palaces, magnificent cathedrals, and historical sights. That’s why Globus has included visits to prehistoric Stonehenge; the ancient Roman ruins in Bath; Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century; Holyrood Palace (when available), The Queen’s official residence in Scotland; Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited castle; Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; Brodie Castle with its outstanding art collection and magnificent library; and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece.

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

Day 1: Arrive in London, England

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Park Plaza Waterloo or Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Day 2: London

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, 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.

Day 3: London – Stonehenge – Dartmoor – Plymouth

Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and depart London at 8 am. First, visit prehistoric Stonehenge and its visitor centre before travelling through Salisbury Plain into Dartmoor. Stop in Widecombe – in – the – Moor with its prominent church, cozy tea rooms, and lively pubs before arriving in Plymouth, where you will spend the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Plymouth, 2 nights

Day 4: Plymouth – Cornwall Excursion

A day full of West Country sights as you head through Cornwall, of Poldark fame. After viewing St. Michael’s Mount, take time to explore the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers who boarded The Mayflower 400 years ago, with a Cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbours. You will also have time at the historic Plymouth Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps.

Day 5: Plymouth – Glastonbury – Bath – Newport, Wales

In Glastonbury, hear about King Arthur, and in Bath, see the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths. Overnight in Newport. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight?

Hotel: Coldra Court by Celtic Manor

Day 6: Newport – Waterford, Ireland

Your journey through South Wales takes you to Fishguard. Cross St. George’s Channel to Rosslare in Ireland and proceed to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner, enjoy an Irish Coffee Demonstration.

Hotel: Granville

Day 7: Waterford – Blarney – Killarney

Start your day with a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. Then, in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, there is time to walk up to the castle and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts before continuing to the popular resort town of Killarney, your County Kerry base for the next three nights. How about joining an entertaining optional evening in Tralee, with dinner and tickets for the National Folk Theatre?

Hotel: Scotts, 3 nights

Day 8: At Leisure in Killarney

A full day to relax or join our optional excursion that includes a horsedrawn jaunting – car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, and a boat ride to Innisfallen Abbey and across the lakes to Muckross House. After lunch on your own, the excursion continues with a visit to the house and gardens, returning to your hotel mid – afternoon. Later, walk to Scruffy’s pub for Dinner and join the locals in an evening full of live, traditional Irish music.

Day 9: Killarney – Ring of Kerry Excursion

Start a scenic day with a drive to Killorglin on Dingle Bay, and join the spectacular Ring of Kerry for a 100 – mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before returning to Killarney.

Day 10: Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare – Limerick

Breathtaking scenery on Dingle Peninsula. At the Blasket Islands Centre, learn about the way of life on the remote islands, evacuated by its inhabitants in 1953. Via quaint Adare, head for the city of Limerick. Tonight’s optional recommendation: a medieval banquet at an historic castle.

Hotel: Clayton

Day 11: Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Sligo

Drive to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic, and step on to the edge of the world to admire the aweinspiring views and watch the birds glide along the rugged cliffs. Then, via the desolate limestone plateau of The Burren, head to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with cobblestone streets, colourful shops, and a busy cafe and bar culture. Your overnight destination is Sligo, a coastal seaport known for its literary heritage. Before dinner, you might want to join an optional excursion to a local pub.

Hotel: Radisson Blu

Day 12: Sligo – Belleek, Northern Ireland – Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast

A fascinating day today: Belleek Pottery, renowned for its exquisite Parian china; Derry, one of the finest examples of a walled city; and aweinspiring Giant’s Causeway, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast.

Hotel: Stormont

Day 13: Belfast – Carlingford – Dublin, Ireland

First thing this morning, your Tour Director will show you Belfast’s main attractions during an orientation drive, ending at the fascinating Titanic Experience. Learn about the building of the largest passenger steamship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Then stop in the charming village of Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula, known for its oyster farms and medieval buildings, before heading for Dublin. Why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter?

Hotel: North Star, 2 nights

Day 14: Dublin

Your orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue – lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian Squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure. Top the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse.

Day 15: Dublin – North Wales – Liverpool, England

Back across the Irish Sea for a photo stop at tongue – twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. On the Welsh Isle of Anglesey, take a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, head over spectacular Llanberis Pass, and via pretty Betws – y – Coed to Liverpool.

Hotel: Novotel

Day 16: Liverpool – Grasemere – Gretna Green, Scotland – Glasgow

Start the day with a visit to The Beatles Story, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Enter the tranquil Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, try original Grasmere Gingerbread. Then, head north for the Scottish border and to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples. Overnight in Glasgow.

Hotel: Hallmark Hotel

Day 17: Glasgow – Fort William – Isle of Skye – Inverness

Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William, and follow the “Road to the Isles” to Mallaig, where you board your Ferry for the crossing to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Museum of The Isles, then return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to Inverness.

Hotel: Columba, 2 nights

Day 18: Inverness – Highlands Excursion

Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. Stop first at Clava Cairns, featured in the popular TV series Outlander and one of Scotland’s most sacred prehistoric sites with three exceptionally well – preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. At Culloden Visitor Centre, the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, visit Brodie Castle, the ancestral home of Clan Brodie, once one of Scotland’s most prominent families, and admire the outstanding art collection and magnificent library. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch.

Day 19: Inverness – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh

Main features today: the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry; St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis might be fun. For departure numbers 0721 through 0811, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world – renowned Military Tattoo.

Hotel: InterContinental Edinburgh The George, 2 nights

Day 20: Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200 – yearold “New Town” as well as the “Old Town.” Visit Edinburgh Castle, then explore Holyrood Palace (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect residence for glittering state visits and family holidays, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 21: Edinburgh – York, England

This morning, visit Floors Castle, the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s family home and the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Then, in York, England’s most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.

Hotel: Holiday Inn

Day 22: York – Stratford-upon-Avon

Discover the beautiful hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare. Stop first for photographs at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, then visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, where he grew up and lived the first years of his married life. Later, enjoy a drive through the beautiful Cotswolds, followed by Dinner at a local pub

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon

Day 23: Stratford-upon-Avon – London

Today’s highlight is the visit to magnificent Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and there is also time to explore the landscaped parkland. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your holiday by taking in a West End show?

Hotel: Hilton London Metropole or Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Day 24: Depart London

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 04$8,169.00$10,603.00
June: 01, 15, 29$8,169.00$10,603.00
July: 13$8,169.00$10,603.00
July: 27$8,379.00$10,813.00
August: 10$8,379.00$10,813.00
September: 07$8,169.00$10,603.00
2021 Europe tours with 2020 prices!

Book and deposit by 09 November and you can save 10% on 2021 Europe tours (Conditions Apply)!

Inclusions 
Meals: 23 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry Crossing: Dublin - Holyhead / Mallaig - Armadale
Accommodation: 23 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Travel 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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Kent: The Garden of England

Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate six days to England’s exquisite South East. On our travels we’ll see why Whitstable has been dubbed the ‘Pearl of Kent’, wander the exquisite gardens of Kent’s most famous castles and discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county’s crown.

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

Day 1: London

A capital filled with rich history and culture, London is where we’ll meet for the start of our incredible journey. Tonight, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner.

Hotel: Wellington by Blue Orchid

Day 2: London – Chartwell House – Sissinghurst – Canterbury

After breakfast, we’ll set a course for our first historic stop: Chartwell House. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill, but a chance to see inside Chartwell will give us a glimpse into his private home. From the library to the sitting room and study, this red stone manor is a time capsule brimming with insights into 1930s family life. Next, we’ll set our sights on the world-renowned Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Created by the poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West, this is one of the most famous gardens in England – featuring a particularly special collection of old garden roses. After enjoying some free time to stroll the colourful grounds, we’ll move on to Canterbury – where we’ll spend the evening at our leisure.

Accommodation: Abode Hotel or similar

Day 3: Canterbury – Kent Countryside and Coast – Maidstone

Our day will begin with a locally guided visit to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. The oldest working church in England, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to medieval ruins, an oak-roofed Chapter House and a staggering gothic nave. Then: we’ll move on to the picturesque Kent countryside – filled with quaint villages bursting with character and unspoilt coastal vistas. Tonight, we’ll come together for a delicious included meal – sharing photos and stories of the day’s adventures.

Hotel: Leeds Castle or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Maidstone – Faversham – Whitstable – Maidstone

This morning we’ll take some time to explore Leeds Castle on a guided tour of the famous moat, the areas below stairs and the grand bedrooms (some of which were favoured by King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson during their frequent stays). Then: onwards to the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, where we’ll be treated to a tour – with the chance to sample some award-winning beers. We’ll round off the day with a seaside stroll in the quaint town of Whitstable before returning to our idyllic accommodation for the evening.

Day 5: Maidstone – Tenterden – Rye

Next stop: historic Tenterden, a quintessentially English town overlooking the valley of the River Rother. After taking a wander around with our expert Tour Leader, we’ll pull up a chair and get comfy at the Chapel Down winery – where we’ll clink glasses over an included wine tasting. Our final destination of the day will be the charming market town of Rye. Here, we’ll spend the rest of the day at our leisure – with plenty of free time to visit the Rye Heritage Centre and explore the time-honoured town centre.

Hotel: The Mermaid Inn or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Rye – Dover – Rye

Today we’ll dedicate some time to exploring Rye’s cobbled lanes and timber-clad houses, experiencing some of the magic that inspired writers and artists such as Henry James and Paul Nash. After tracing the shoreline and spotting those famous white cliffs, we’ll arrive at Dover Castle: the gateway to the English coast. This fortress boasts evocative interiors that tell centuries of historic tales, not to mention far-reaching views from the Great Tower and dark medieval tunnels with covert cannons every few paces. The afternoon will see us back in Rye, where some free time will allow for the chance to see more of the town before our farewell dinner.

Day 7: Rye – Hever Castle – London

Our journey may be coming to a close, but we have one more stop before returning to London – the enchanting Hever Castle. We’ll have the opportunity to wander through Anne Boleyn’s childhood home and gaze upon the large collection of antique furniture, books and Tudor paintings housed here. Then, we’ll make tracks back to London – where we’ll say our goodbyes.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 10$3,019.00$3,789.00
May: 01$3,019.00$3,789.00
June: 12, 26$3,109.00$3,889.00
July: 17$3,109.00$3,889.00
August: 07$3,109.00$3,889.00
September: 11$3,109.00$3,889.00
September: 25$3,019.00$3,789.00
October: 09$3,019.00$3,789.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 6 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
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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Britain & Ireland Highlights

Hear the stories behind Britain and Ireland’s poetry, people and innovation during this Regional Explorer trip. Short on travel time but want to see all the Britain and Ireland highlights? This trip delivers the genius of Shakespeare, Waterford crystal creations in Ireland and a hearty Welsh dinner at a local vineyard, with a side of ancient history, in just over one week.

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

Day 1: London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate

Delve into centuries of history today – tales of star-crossed lovers, tragic kings and Roman emperors are brought to life as we arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare. Visit his Birthplace and the Visitor Centre, before embarking on a scenic drive north to the Viking city of York, where we’ll enjoy an orientation walk around its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception in our hotel in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza

Day 2: Through the Scenic Lake District to Glasgow

We journey through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the beautiful Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries. A highlight on our journey is England’s pretty Lake Windermere, which we’ll pass as we continue through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. We’ll cross the border to the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green. Here eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We drive through the Southern Uplands to vibrant Glasgow. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience to Braveheart Country for a fabulous dinner and Scottish entertainment.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre, 2 nights

Day 3: Explore Enchanting Edinburgh

From the cultural capital of Glasgow to enchanting Edinburgh, with its exquisite medieval façades, our encounter with Scotland will see us join a Local Specialist for a memorable sightseeing tour. We’ll visit Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city, and see the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the secret lanes of ‘Auld Reekie’ before returning to Glasgow this evening. Enjoy views of Glasgow Cathedral and George Square before a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Cross the Irish Sea to Belfast and Dublin

Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast, past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland. Board the ferry to Northern Ireland, then join a Local Specialist to explore the crossroads of British and Irish culture in Belfast. We’ll view City Hall and the dock where the Titanic was built. This evening, we arrive in the vibrant capital of Ireland where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Ballsbridge or Mespil, 2 nights

Day 5: Discover Diverse Dublin

Gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of Guinness brewing and enjoy a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration. Drive through the pretty streets of Dublin with a Local Specialist to admire the stately Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland, before spending the rest of the day exploring the sights alone. Ramble through Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance.

Day 6: Journey to Kilkenny and on to Waterford

We Dive Into Culture this morning and gain insights into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud established in 1946. Enjoy a guided walk through the farm and take some time to stroll through its tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. Admire the imposing medieval castle at Kilkenny before some free time for lunch. Our next stop sees us Dive Into Culture yet again to witness the delicate craft of Waterford Crystal. We’ll watch master craftsmen at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom.

Hotel: Marina or Fitzwilton

Day 7: Ferry Across to Cultural Cardiff

An early start to the day sees us cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue our journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Millennium Centre, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle, at the heart of the city. This evening, we Connect With Locals in the idyllic Welsh countryside, joining a local family for a Farewell Dinner Be My Guest experience.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

Day 8: Soak up Bath and Stonehenge then off to London

Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCO listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and world-famous Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. Journey across the scenic landscapes of Wiltshire, paying a visit to the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, then return to London where your memorable holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 27$3,075.00$3,505.00
April: 10, 17, 24$3,075.00$3,695.00
May: 01, 08, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29$3,095.00$3,715.00
June: 05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 26$3,095.00$3,715.00
July: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,125.00$3,745.00
August: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,125.00$3,745.00
September: 04, 06, 11, 13, 14, 18, 25$3,125.00$3,745.00
October: 02$3,125.00$3,745.00
October: 09, 16$3,075.00$3,695.00
October: 23$2,775.00$3,395.00
2022 Dates & Prices
March: 27$3,025.00$3,605.00
April: 02, 09, 16, 23$3,025.00$3,605.00
April: 25. 30$3,050.00$3,630.00
May: 02, 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30$3,050.00$3,630.00
June: 04, 06$3,050.00$3,630.00
June: 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 28$3,075.00$3,655.00
July: 02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, , 30$3,075.00$3,655.00
August: 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, 30$3,075.00$3,655.00
September: 03, 05, 06, 10, 12, 13, 17$3,075.00$3,655.00
October: 01, 04$3,075.00$3,655.00
October: 08, 15$3,025.00$3,605.00
October: 22$2,950.00$3,530.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
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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Amazing Britain

Take in England, Wales and Scotland on this Country Explorer trip, featuring Edinburgh and Bath. Rugged landscapes and ancient kingdoms – the heritage of Scotland and England revealed on this jaunt past medieval cities, shimmering lochs and rugged Highland cliffs.

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Day 1: Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon and on to York

Indulge your love of theatre and poetry this morning as we travel to romantic Stratford-upon-Avon, made famous by its favourite son, William Shakespeare, whose extraordinary works have been admired by audiences for over 500 years. View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre for insights into the life of the ‘Bard of Avon’, before exploring the charming cobblestone streets of his hometown. Continue to the ancient cathedral city of York where we will enjoy an orientation walk to view its ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles and magnificent 800-year-old Minster. Join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions this evening for a memorable Welcome Reception and delicious local pub fare.

Hotel: Holiday Inn

Day 2: Cross Hadrian’s Wall and onwards to Edinburgh

We venture north to the medieval riverside town of Durham, whose exquisite 11th-century Durham Cathedral sits imposingly alongside Durham Castle watching over the medieval streets below. We cross what was once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall, before enjoying a scenic drive through the soul-stirring landscapes of Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the windswept Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border, stopping to admire the 12th-century ruins of Jedburgh Abbey en route to Edinburgh.

Hotel: Holiday Inn or Jurys Inn, 2 nights

Day 3: Discover Enchanting Edinburgh

Fall in love with the enchanting city of Edinburgh as you join a Local Specialist to discover what lies behind its medieval façades. Ramble up the Royal Mile and enjoy astounding views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Spend some free time this afternoon strolling through Edinburgh and admiring medieval relics. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Day 4: Venture into the Scottish Highlands

Cross the Firth of Forth to the ancient Kingdom of Fife and St. Andrews. This famous golf course is renowned for its 18th hole and 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge. We continue our journey into the dramatic Scottish Highlands, where we’ll Dive Into Culture at a whisky distillery and sample a wee dram. Visit picture-perfect Pitlochry, on the edge of the Ben-Y-Vrackie and Cairngorms National Park, before arriving at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands where you’ll dine tonight.

Hotel: Highlander

Day 5: Onwards to Loch Lomond and Glasgow’s Rich Legacy

The arresting natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands provides a stunning backdrop for today’s leisurely drive to Glasgow. View the World War II Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and admire views of Britain’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis. See Glencoe, the site of a bloody massacre in 1692 following the Jacobite Uprising, and travel to the ‘bonnie’ banks of Scotland’s prettiest loch, Loch Lomond. We arrive in Glasgow this afternoon where our orientation will take us past St. Mungo’s Cathedral and George Square, lined with statues and monuments dedicated to famous British subjects, including Robert Burns and Sir Robert Peel.

Hotel: Novotel

Day 6: Explore the Lake District and Journey to Liverpool

Today’s first stop is in the runaway wedding capital, Gretna Green where eloping couples would make their vows over the Marriage Anvil. Returning to England, we Connect With Locals, joining farmer John and his wife Christine for lunch at a Be My Guest experience in the company of Highland cows. See beautiful Lake District landscapes and skirt the romantic shores of Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England, arriving in edgy Liverpool of ‘Fab Four’ fame for an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Mercure Atlantic Tower

Day 7: Through the Beautiful Welsh Countryside to Discover Bristol

Traverse the pretty Welsh countryside this morning and stop in an area of outstanding natural beauty – the Wye Valley, with its characteristic limestone gorge scenery and dense woodlands. Visit the Shropshire market town of Ludlow with some time to explore on your own before arriving in Bristol to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain, the world’s first ocean-going luxury liner. As the curtain comes down on a memorable journey through England and Scotland, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant with our Travel Director and newfound friends.

Hotel: Mercure Holland House

Day 8: Soak up Bath and Stonehenge then off to London

Returning to London, we visit the UNESCO-listed city of Bath to admire its elegant Georgian façades and the Roman Baths from which the city takes its name. Emerging from the Salisbury Plain, the imposing monoliths of Stonehenge are our final stop before continuing through the lush Wiltshire and Hampshire landscapes to London, where our amazing holiday comes to an end.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 10$2,875.00$3,315.00
April: 17, 24$2,875.00$3,525.00
May: 01, 08$2,975.00$3,625.00
May: 15, 22, 29$3,025.00$3,675.00
June: 07, 12, 19, 26$3,025.00$3,675.00
July: 03, 10, 17, 24$3,095.00$3,745.00
July: 31$3,095.00$3,835.00
August: 07, 14, 16, 21$3,395.00$4,135.00
August: 28$3,150.00$3,890.00
September: 06, 11, 18$3,025.00$3,675.00
September: 25$2,950.00$3,600.00
October: 02$2,875.00$3,525.00
October: $2,575.00$3,225.00
2022 Dates & Prices
April: 02, 09, 16, 23$2,750.00$3,350.00
April: 30$2,850.00$3,450.00
May: 07$2,850.00$3,450.00
May: 09, 14, 21, 23, 28$2,950.00$3,550.00
June: 04$2,950.00$3,550.00
June: 06, 11, 18, 20, 25$2,995.00$3,595.00
July: 02. 04. 09. 16. 18. 23. 30$2,995.00$3,595.00
August: 01$3,095.00$3,695.00
August: 06. 13. 15. 20$3,295.00$3,995.00
August: 27$2,995.00$3,595.00
September: 03$2,995.00$3,595.00
September: 05$2,975.00$3,575.00
September: 10, 17, 19, 24$2,895.00$3,495.00
October: 01$2,775.00$3,375.00
October: 08, 15$2,750.00$3,350.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
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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