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
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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
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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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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.

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

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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United Kingdom & Ireland Multi Country

England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales: The mere mention of these historic and enchanting places conjures up captivating visions of centuries-old castles, tolling green hills and cobblestone streets oozing with charm and beauty, History and royalty aside, there is much more to offer. Bustling metropolises, windswept coastlines, impressive art galleries, dramatic mountain hikes and eclectic markets are just some of the vast array of places waiting to be explored.

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



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Take in England, Wales and Scotland on this Country Explorer trip, featuring Edinburgh and Bath. Rugged landscapes and ancient kingdoms.  

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Hear the stories behind Britain and Ireland's poetry, people and innovation during this Regional Explorer trip. Start your tale of two islands in London.

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Discover the best of Britain and Ireland, from castles and legends to hidden treasures. Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will feature a Blarney Stone kiss, a swig of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District.



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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.

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This Country Explorer trip uncovers Stonehenge, Bath, the Lake District and Scottish Highlands. Travel to the Scottish Highlands, exploring rugged Dartmoor, the idyllic Lake District, the Isle of Skye and Tudor Chester.  

From $3,889.00 per person

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.



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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.  

From $4,559.00 per person

Join us for a classic Back-Roads journey that delves deep into Britain’s fascinating history and culture. In England we’ll trace the footsteps of famous writers and poets, uncovering the scenic countryside that inspired their greatest works.

From $4,829.00 per person

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.  



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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.  

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The classic symbols of Ireland and Scotland are revealed, as well as the secret and secluded alternatives. Pretty pink heather hues and an emerald green landscape define the rugged beauty of Scotland and Ireland.

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Explore the best of Britain and Ireland, taking in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork, Cardiff and more. Dive right into history, culture and spectacular scenery on this immersive England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales trip.



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Every corner of the British Isles is covered on this trip, including Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. There's more to most UK and Ireland trips than the iconic sights.

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A wealth of history, dramatic scenery, sacred sites, legends and traditions all come together, invoking a sense of romance on this escorted journey.

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From the lively cities to the breath-taking scenery, discover the very best of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland on this British Isles tour.  

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Travelling through the small towns and larger cities, this Britain and Ireland tour is our most complete view of the British Isles.

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Travelling through the small towns and larger cities, this Britain and Ireland tour is our most complete view of the British Isles.

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Scotland

Great things come in small packages and Scotland certainly has many treasures. For the history buff, visit Edinburgh and Glasgow; for the hungry, try haggis, Angus beef or smoked salmon or, for the thirsty, sample the nation’s malt whiskeys. There are cold, glittering seas washing against the Outer Hebrides and untamed mountain scenery of the Highlands and Northern Islands. Wildlife watchers should look for otters, eagles, whales and dolphins, while hill walkers can table almost 300 peaks. There’s turbulent history, castles and country pubs, canoeing and caber-tossing, golfing and fishing.

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

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Escorted TourBest of Scotland7From $1,975.00
Escorted TourScotland's Highlands, Islands & Cities13From $3,925.00
Escorted TourScottish Highlands & Islands14From $4,669.00

Best of Scotland

The land of the ancients – cliff-top castles, standing stones and Rob Roy. Travel from Scotland’s literary capital, Edinburgh, to feisty Glasgow, the heart and home of golf, St. Andrews, and the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe, as your quest takes you past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and Glengoyne Whisky Distillery for a well-deserved ‘wee dram’.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh

On arrival, relax and explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, which includes a light meal and drinks.

Day 2: Edinburgh

This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.

Day 3: Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands

Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Day 4: Scottish Highlands

This morning travel to the coast and take a ferry over the sea to Skye from Mallaig to Armadale. Drive up the Sleat Peninsula and admire the spectacular scenery before stopping for time to have lunch. Cross over a road bridge to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle back on the mainland. Continue your journey past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and visit Culloden battlefield. This site was where the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 took place and also played a part in the religious civil war in Britain. Later return to your hotel.

Day 5: Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow

Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, 'Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow.

Day 6: Glasgow

Start your day with an orientation of Glasgow including views of the magnificent People's Palace and Winter Gardens which was opened in 1898, the impressive George Square as well as the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Enjoy some free time to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the 'Stirling Heads' and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument - dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Cultural Insight into whisky making with a visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a 'wee dram'. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard.

Day 7: Depart Glasgow

After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Ticket: Mallaig / Armadale
Accommodation: 6 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Scotland’s Highlands, Islands & Cities

Scotland’s arresting natural beauty and centuries-old heritage are the highlights of this adventure that will see you visit the isles of Skye and Mull, the Orkney Islands and the beauty of Loch Ness. View the remarkably intact ruins of Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, and see Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh

Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception.

Day 2: Edinburgh

This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.

Day 3: Edinburgh

This morning view the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey as well as and visit the neighbouring Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, before following the River Tweed back to Edinburgh.

Day 4: Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Glamis Castle – Dundee

Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Visit Glamis Castle, former home of the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, and the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and free time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. Later arrive in Dundee, a waterfront city in the Tay Estuary which is the UK's first UNESCO City of Design?

Day 5: Dundee – Pitlochry – Culloden – Inverness

This morning, gain a Cultural Insight into whisky distilling by visiting a local distillery for a tour and a 'wee dram'. Travel through untamed Scottish landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains. Visit the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746. Lately, the site has featured in Diane Gabaldon's fictional novel 'Outlander'. Arrive later in Inverness.

Day 6: Inverness – Loch Ness – Thurso

Admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster, en route to visit Dunrobin Castle. Dunrobin Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland and resembles a French château with its towering conical spires. Stroll through the formal gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Day 7: Thurso

Visit John O'Groats, then take the ferry from Gills Bay across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defence to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow during World War II. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and look down on the remains of the famous Neolithic village. Wander freely round the standing stones of Ring of Brodgar, before a final photo stop at Kirkwall cathedral and the ferry back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Day 8: Thurso – Ullapool – Isle of Skye

Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning north west coastline. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ullapool. View the impressive Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Day 9: Isle of Skye – Ballachulish

More breathtaking scenery leaving Skye for the mainland. Drive past the Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films, to Fort William at the head of Loch Linnh. Follow this great loch south to Ballachulish, home for the next two nights.

Day 10: Ballachulish

Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the remote island to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval abbey, and the ancient burial ground of many Scottish Kings at Rèilig Odhrain. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Day 11: Ballachulish – Glasgow

This morning, travel south through Glencoe, 'Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, before arriving in Glasgow. Your orientation tour includes views of the magnificent George Square as well as a visit to St. Mungo's Cathedral.

Day 12: Glasgow

This morning enjoy a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads making your way to nearby Bannockburn - the site of the famous battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. Enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working Scottish farm with your companions and Travel Director.

Day 13: Depart Glasgow

Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful holiday draws to a close. Transfers are available

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Ticket: Isle of Skye / Mallaig - Fionnphort / Island of Iona - Isle of Mull / Fionnphort
Accommodation: 13 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Scottish Highlands & Islands

From its historical castles to its stunning landscapes and from its exciting cities to its charming, small towns, Scotland has it all. On this comprehensive Scotland tour, you’ll overnight in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Mull. Along the way, you’ll visit some of its historical castles; witness its unspoiled, breathtaking scenery; experience its cities and some of its small towns; learn about its fascinating history; and much more.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Glasgow

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

Day 2: Glasgow – Glengoyne – Stirling – Bannockburn - Edinburgh

Start your grand tour of Scotland with a guided tour of a Whisky Distillery, where you hear about the ancient art of converting barley, water, and yeast into a heart-warming liquor. Next, visit Stirling Castle, a great symbol of Scottish independence and favoured residence of Scotland's kings and queens. Today's final highlight is the Bannockburn Visitor Centre, commemorating the key battle in the Scottish Wars of Independence of June 23-24, 1314. Drive on to Edinburgh, your base for the next three nights. Tonight, don't miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Day 3: 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," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels, then explore Holyrood Palace (when available). After time on your own in Edinburgh, why not take an optional excursion to Rosslyn Chapel, made world-famous by Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, and also one of Scotland's most remarkable buildings.

Day 4: Edinburgh

Today's excursion brings you into parts of the Scottish Lowlands and Border Counties. Drive through rolling hills and leafy valleys to Abbotsford House and enjoy a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's home. It contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor, as well as an extensive library with over 9,000 rare volumes. Then, visit Melrose Abbey, the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart. This afternoon, join a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening.

Day 5: Edinburgh - St. Andrews – Braemar - Inverness

Over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews. Cross the Firth of Tay and from Dundee, head into the Highlands with a lunch stop in pretty Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games. Drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park to Inverness, the Highland capital, where you spend the next two nights.

Day 6: Inverness

Fascinating visits on today's excursion. Stop first at Clava Cairns, featured in the popular TV series Outlander and one of Scotland's most evocative 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, call at romantic, fairytale Cawdor Castle, set in stunning grounds with beautiful gardens and home to the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation for this afternoon would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch.

Day 7: Inverness - Thurso

Continue an unforgettable journey and follow the coast road to majestic Dunrobin Castle, for centuries the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Visit the formal gardens and enjoy a Fascinating Falconry Display. Overnight is in Thurso, the most northerly town on Britain's mainland. Before dinner, you may want to join an optional excursion to a local pub.

Day 8: Thurso

A fascinating day full of adventure. At John o'Groats, board a Ferry for the 45-minute crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands, where a local coach and driver-guide await you. Cross the four Churchill Barriers and overlook Scapa Flow, where the German fleet scuttled itself in World War I. After a light Lunch at the Tasting Hall cafe, take a guided tour of the award-winning Orkney Brewery and sample the local ale. Then, head For Skara Brae, where you see the fascinating remains of a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village and Visit Skaill House. Yet more highlights: the Ring of Brodgar, the Orkneys' Stonehenge, and finally Kirkwall, the small and picturesque island capital. Return to the mainland by Ferry in the late afternoon.

Day 9: Thurso - Durness – Ullapool - Isle Of Skye

A day to sit back and enjoy the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery, some of the finest in Britain. The northern coast is lined with miles of yellow-sand beaches and pretty estuaries, and the hills and mountains take on a purple hue as the summer progresses. This is Scotland at its best! Drive via Durness to the quaint fishing port of Ullapool, where you enjoy a traditional Fish & Chips lunch at a local restaurant. Lateafternoon arrival on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye.

Day 10: Isle Of Skye

Striking landscapes, weird rock formations, and dramatic waterfalls will capture your attention on your drive around the Trotternish peninsula. Visit the thatch-roofed cottages at the Museum Of Island Life, close to the last resting place of Highland heroine Flora MacDonald. Then, follow the spectacular coast route, stopping for photos of waterfalls and gorges, to the island capital of Portree. On the way back to Broadford, take in the views of the jagged and dark peaks of the Cuillin Hills.

Day 11: Isle Of Skye – Glenfinnan – Isle Of Mull

Call at the Clan Donald Centre for a visit to its Museum Of The Isles and insight into 13 centuries of clan history before boarding your Ferry at Armadale to sail across the Sound of Sleat. Rejoin the mainland at Mallaig and follow the "Road to the Isles." Stop at Glenfinnan with its viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films, then take the Ferry to the Isle of Mull, where you conclude your day with a visit to the quaint island capital of Tobermory.

Day 12: Isle Of Mull

A leisurely day to relax and enjoy the best of the Scottish western isles. Drive across Mull to visit the beautiful and fascinating Isle of Iona. Time to visit the Abbey and explore the religious settlement before returning to the hotel in the early afternoon.

Day 13: Isle Of Mull – Inveraray - Glasgow

The final island Ferry crossing brings you to Oban. Then, over the Pass of Brander and from Inveraray to the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond. Back in Glasgow this afternoon, your orientation city tour takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. Time for last-minute shopping before Enjoying A Farewell Dinner With Wine At Your Hotel.

Day 14: Depart Glasgow

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Ticket: John o'Groats / South Ronaldsay / John o'Groats - Armadale / Mallaig
Accommodation: 13 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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