Wonders of Britain & Ireland

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.

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

Day 1: London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

Ponder the mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge this morning, as we drive west to Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and the Roman Baths. Crossing the Severn Estuary to the Welsh capital, we view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. Enjoy warm hospitality and traditional Welsh pub fare and drinks this evening at a rousing Welcome Reception with your travel companions and Travel Director.

Hotel: Park Inn City Centre

Day 2: Cardiff – Waterford

This morning, we view the Principality Stadium during our orientation of Cardiff. Enjoy some leisure time in this modern capital. Perhaps visit the Victorian Gothic fantasy of Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford, where we’ll dine in our hotel tonight.

Hotel – Marina or Treacys

Day 3: Waterford – Blarney – Killarney

‘Dive Into Culture’ and watch the master craftsmen of the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Then, kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the ‘gift of the gab’, before travelling to the picturesque town of Killarney.

Hotel: Killarney, 2 nights

Day 4: Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience the enduring beauty of Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula – the emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide an exquisite backdrop for our leisurely drive around what has become known as the Ring of Kerry. See Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirsiveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap with its panoramic views. This evening, we ‘Connect With Locals’ at Molly Gallivan’s 200-year-old cottage, sharing a memorable ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with the O’Sullivan family and their Kerry cows.

Day 5: Killarney – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing

Celtic art and history take centre stage this morning as we visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of Irish kings for centuries. Perched atop a limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale, the historic ruins house one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. We arrive this afternoon in Dublin, where we will join our ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour to see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds of an Irish cabaret.

Hotel: Sandymount or Clayton Leopardstown, 2 nights

Day 6: Dublin Free Time

Beat the crowds and explore the Guinness Brewery for a tour of the Storehouse including a tasting technique demonstration. The rest of the day is yours to soak up the cosy atmosphere of the Irish capital. Ramble through the buzzing streets of Temple Bar or visit Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers.

Day 7: Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

Admire the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to the ancient city of Chester, with its characteristic Tudor Rows and medieval walls. We arrive later in Liverpool, the haunt of the ‘Fab Four’, joining our companions for a tasty Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Jurys Inn

Day 8: Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh

The beautiful landscape, which for centuries inspired the Romantic poets, provides a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic drive from the lush green hills of Lancashire to the Lake District. Skirt the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, as we travel through countryside made famous by poet William Wordsworth. We cross the Scottish border and visit the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green. This evening, we arrive in beguiling Edinburgh, where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Apex City, 2 nights

Day 9: Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ this morning for a memorable sightseeing tour of this captivating capital, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on Castle Rock. See Auld Reekie’s Royal Mile and the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and admire the Georgian façades in Edinburgh’s New Town. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Day 10: Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

We venture south to the medieval market town of Alnwick with its impressive castle and Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits imposingly overlooking the town’s beautiful gardens. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland and the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where you’ll walk through the charming Shambles, see the medieval walls and York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.

Hotel: Novotel Centre

Day 11: York – Stratford-upon-Avon

We visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon to see where the ‘Avon Bard’ was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, then enjoy some free time to explore. This evening we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Stratford Manor

Day 12: Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London

Journey to the Cotswolds this morning and the little churchyard at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. Arriving in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, we’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and visit one of the university’s famous colleges (when open). We return to London this afternoon and bid a fond farewell to our Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a wonderful holiday.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04, 11, 25$3,350.00$5,400.00
May: 02, 09, 16$3,395.00$5,445.00
May:30$3,450.00$5,500.00
June: 06, 13, 27$4,475.00$5,525.00
June: 29$3,495.00$5,545.00
July: 04, 18$3,495.00$5,545.00
July: 25$4,550.00$5,600.00
August: 01, 03, 08, 10, 15$4,950.00$6,000.00
August: 22, 29$4,495.00$5,545.00
September: 05, 12, 14$4,495.00
$5,545.00
September: 19$4,475.00$5,525.00
September: 26$3,295.00$5,345.00
2022 Dates & Prices
April: 03, 10$4,195.00$5,225.00
April: 17, 24$4,225.00$5,255.00
May: 01, 08, 15$4,250.00$5,280.00
May: 22, 29$3,295.00$5,325.00
June: 05, 12, 19, 26, 28$4,350.00$5,380.00
July: 03, 10, 17, 24, 26$4,395.00$5,425.00
July: 31$4,795.00$5,825.00
August: 02, 07, 09, 14$4,795.00$5,825.00
August: 21, 28, 30$4,395.00$5,425.00
September: 04, 06, 11, 13$4,350.00$5,380.00
September: 18, 20$4,295.00$5,325.00
September: 25$4,195.00$5,225.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Ticket: Pembroke - Rosslare / Dublin - Anglesey
Accommodation: 11 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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Romantic Britain & Ireland

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

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

Meet your Travel Director at 07:45 at the hotel in London. Depart for the famous university town of Oxford with its beautiful spires. With time at leisure, why not visit the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market? Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to shape society today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks at a local pub.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford.

Travel through the heart of ‘Robin Hood Country’ on your way to visit Lincoln. Continue to York, once the Viking capital of Britain and one of England’s oldest cities. Saunter along the Shambles to reach the York Minster, in the heart of this medieval gem. Your hotel lies within the walls facing Clifford’s Tower.

Hotel: Hilton York

Drive through the Lake District National Park, a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil lakes, inspiring a host of English poets. Stop in Wordsworth’s village of Grasmere and see the poet’s grave in the churchyard. Cross the border at Gretna Green, where runaway lovers were married, and continue to the Scottish capital.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace, 2 nights

Travel down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse — official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen – before crossing over to New Town. Walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town and see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street. In the evening, select departures will attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo — a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums.

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course as you arrive where golf was born in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore, perhaps wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton finding her Prince Charming began when her and Prince William were students there. Alternately, stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous ‘Chariots of Fire’ scene was filmed. Your travels continue as you cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run.Pass Culloden Moor, the scene of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite army in 1746. Stop at Blair Castle and Gardens, home to the Atholl Highlanders for over 19 generations. Be treated to authentic Farm-to-Table tea and scones – an experience not to be missed in Scotland! Continue to Inverness, where your luxury hotel is set within four acres of manicured grounds.

Hotel: Kingsmills Hotel

Enjoy a journey of discovery on a private Loch Ness cruise. Afterwards, pause for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle and cross over the sea to Skye.

Hotel: The Dunollie Hotel

Return to the mainland and drive to the World War II Commando Memorial in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Continue through Fort William to absorb the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, the Valley of the Weeping, where the dreadful massacre of the MacDonald’s took place in 1692. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, en route to Glasgow. Your Travel Director will show you Glasgow’s grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel

Bid farewell to Scotland as you cross the Irish Sea and continue your journey to the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Meet Hilda, your Local Expert, for a passionate city tour including views of the City Hall, Queen’s University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

Hotel: Europa Hotel

Travel alongside the Mountains of Mourne before crossing the historic Boyne Valley, site of the battle where William of Orange defeated the forces of Catholic King James. Continue to Dublin, Ireland’s ‘fair city where the girls are so pretty,’ and see O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with your Local Expert.

Hotel: Clayton Hotel Charlemont, 2 nights

Before it opens to the public, experience Ireland’s national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a private masterclass where you will learn to pour the perfect pint. The rest of the day is yours to shop, continue sightseeing or maybe take an optional drive to the ruined monastic site of Glendalough?

Travel west to Galway, known as the City of the Tribes. Guided by your Travel Director, enjoy free time in this artsy, bohemian city. Cross the limestone landscape of the Burren, to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking vistas of the Clare Coast. Journey to the town of Limerick, nestled on the shores of the River Shannon.

Hotel: The George Hotel Limerick

In the morning, your Travel Director will show you the 12th century St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone before setting off to Tralee via the picturesque thatched village of Adare. Enjoy more spectacular scenery as you make your way through the great cliffs, wide skies and ocean views of the Dingle Peninsula to Killarney. For dinner you are treated to a traditional Sunday roast, with all the trimmings.

Hotel: Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

A delightful morning excursion will take you around the Ring of Kerry, where mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words.Continue through Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy Reeks, to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy. Maybe take the opportunity to ride a jaunting car around the lake or through the National Park?In the evening, you are invited to choose your own dining experience from a selection of restaurants in Killarney for your Dine-Around Evening.

Visit the ruined 15th century Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Continue to the walled city of Waterford and see the 11th century Reginald’s Tower. On your guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal, you will meet an artisan and see their fine work.

Hotel: Dooleys Hotel Waterford

From Rosslare, take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Pembroke and continue on with a pleasant journey through the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire. Travel past the valleys of southern Wales to the capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and the brilliant Principality Stadium. Enjoy an orientation of the port city, upon the River Taff.

Hotel: Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Cross the Severn Bridge to reach the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above Britain’s only thermal, mineral springs. Enjoy an orientation with your Travel Director, through the Georgian streets and crescents. Visit the Roman Baths and see the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs. Your journey continues to mystical Glastonbury where you will see the abbey, reputedly the legendary burial place of King Arthur. Continue south, to reach the seaside town of Torquay.

Hotel: The Imperial Torquay, 2 nights

Explore Devon with Insight Choice: choose between a walk and foraging experience in Dartmoor or a scenic cruise of Plymouth harbour and see the Mayflower Steps, Barbican, Royal Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Continue on to a quaint Cornish fishing village, before returning to Torquay. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner – a fitting finale to your travels.

Start the day by crossing the Salisbury Plain and stop to visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge, the world’s most famous prehistoric monument, its true meaning lost in the mists of time. Your escorted journey draws to a close upon return to the Victoria Park Plaza hotel in London.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 05$7,475.00$9,575.00
May: 19$7,475.00$9,615.00
June: 02$7,525.00
$9,665.00
June: 30$7,550.00$9,690.00
July: 14$7,550.00$9,690.00
August: 04, 11$8,095.00
$10,335.00
August: 18, 25$7,975.00$10,215.00
September: 08$7,525.00$9,665.00
September: 22$7,425.00$9,565.00
2022 Dates & Prices
April: 20$8,275.00$10,145.00
May: 04$7,350.00$9,290.00
May: 18$7,375.00$9,315.00
June: 01$7,375.00$9,315.00
June: 15$8,495.00$10,435.00
June: 29$7,425.00$9,365.00
July: 13$7,425.00$9,365.00
July: 27$8,750.00$10,750.00
August: 03, 10, 17$7,995.00$10,035.00
August: 24$7,850.00$9,890.00
September: 07$7,395.00$9,335.00
September: 21$7,325.00$9,265.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 1 Afternoon Tea, 8 Dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry Crossing: Cairnryan - Belfst / Rosslare - Pembroke
Accommodation: 17 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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Best of Britain

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.

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

Day 1: Journey to Stonehenge, Bath and Exeter

The rolling green and golden landscapes of rural Wiltshire provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive to Salisbury Plain this morning. We tread in the footsteps of druids and pagans at Stonehenge before travelling to UNESCO listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the centuries-old Roman Baths. Our home for the next two nights is the historic cathedral city of Exeter where we will enjoy a memorable Welcome Reception this evening at our hotel.

Hotel: Mercure Southgate, 2 nights

Day 2: Plymouth and More in the Southwest

Our first stop today is in the ancient port city of Plymouth, where we’ll delve into the history of the brave Pilgrim Fathers who set sail for an unknown New World from its shores. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound and consider an optional cruise around the dramatic coastline. We take a step back in time at our next stop, the fishing village and artists’ retreat of Polperro. Continuing along the brooding moorland of Dartmoor, we arrive at Buckfast Abbey, where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years.

Day 3: Onwards to Glastonbury and Cardiff

Enjoy a scenic drive through the pretty Devon and Somerset countryside to mystical Glastonbury, where we’ll visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the final resting place of King Arthur. Later, we Connect With Locals, joining the Dyer family for lunch on their 15th-century dairy farm in Somerset for a Be My Guest experience. We journey to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, where we’ll explore the proud heritage of the Welsh and modern icons, including the Principality Stadium during an orientation tour.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

Day 4: Explore Tudor History and on to Liverpool

Tudor history is explored this morning as we visit the historic towns of Ludlow and Chester with their characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings. Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk past these famous Tudor Rows and enjoy views of Chester’s medieval city walls and red sandstone Cathedral. The haunt of the ‘Fab Four’ is our final stop today. Join a Local Specialist to gain insight into Liverpool’s Beatles’ history and enjoy a free evening in one of Britain’s edgiest cities.

Hotel: Jurys Inn

Day 5: Venture to the Romantic Lake District and on to Glasgow

Rolling Lancashire pastures give way to the soul-stirring Lake District, whose beautiful scenery has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We travel along the shores of Lake Windermere, through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. Stop in Gretna Green, where many an eloping couple have tied the knot. We arrive in Glasgow later for an orientation tour, including views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the Clyde River, the former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening, enjoy a Regional Dinner in a local restaurant.

Hotel – Crowne Plaza or Holiday Inn Theatreland

Day 6: On to Fort William and the Scottish Highlands

Journey along Loch Lomond, whose bonnie banks were immortalised in the well-known Scottish song. We arrive in Glencoe and remember the MacDonald clansmen who died tragically in the 1692 massacre which led this place to be called the ‘Glen of Weeping’. At the World War II Commando Memorial near Fort William, we admire views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cosy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.

Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore or Carrbridge, 2 nights

Day 7: Discover the Isle of Skye

We travel to the coast this morning to the Isle of Skye where a Local Specialist will take us on a journey to view the remarkable Cuillin Mountains. Against the backdrop of heather-clad mountains, we stop at the ancient settlement of Kyleakin. Later, we cross back to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle on the mainland. Travel through the Scottish Highlands past its picturesque lochs and glens, keeping your camera at the ready to capture ‘Nessie’ if you can.

Day 8: Journey to Enchanting Edinburgh

Heading back to the lowlands of Scotland, we stop in Pitlochry before heading to the historic home of golf, St. Andrews. Here, the first games were played during the 1400s. See its famous 18th hole before crossing the Firth of Forth to Scotland’s enchanting capital, Edinburgh. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Hotel: Marriott or Jurys Inn, 2 nights

Day 9: Uncover Edinburgh’s Treasures

Ramble up the Royal Mile today and see the iconic sights of one of Britain’s most enchanting cities. The elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the Scottish Parliament feature on your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the hidden passages of the Old Town before enjoying an evening at leisure. Consider an Optional Experience including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare.

Day 10: Continue to York

We travel to the medieval market town of Alnwick this morning, where we’ll see the impressive castle home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits and surveys the town. Journey through Northumberland to the cathedral city of York. We’ll embark an orientation walk past its cobblestone Shambles and see the inspiring Minster with its ‘heart of Yorkshire’ before joining our newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Novotel Centre

Day 11: Onwards to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and London

Shakespeare’s legacy and life are celebrated in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, which we will have an opportunity to visit today on our return to London. See Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre. Later, we travel back to London where our amazing holiday comes to an end.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 03, 10$3,875.00$4,625.00
April: 24$3,925.00$4,675.00
May: 08, 12, 15, 22$3,925.00$4,675.00
May: 26, 29$3,975.00$4,765.00
June: 05, 09, 12, 19, 23, 26$3,975.00$4,765.00
July: 03$3,975.00$4,765.00
July: 07, 10, 17, 24$4,025.00$4,815.00
July: 31$4,425.00$5,215.00
August: 04, 07, 11, 14, 21$4,425.00$5,215.00
August: 28$4,050.00$4,840.00
September: 01$4,050.00$4,840.00
September: 04, 08, 11, 15, 18$3,995.00$4,785.00
October: 02$3,895.00$4,645.00
October: 09$3,495.00$4,245.00
2022 Dates & Prices
March: 26$3,775.00$4,525.00
April: 02, 09, 16$3,775.00$4,525.00
April: 23, 30$3,795.00$4,545.00
May: 07, 11, 14, 21, 25, 28$3,795.00$4,595.00
June: 04$3,850.00$4,650.00
June: 08, 11, 18, 22, 25$3,925.00$4,725.00
July: 02, 06, 09, 16, 23$3,925.00$4,725.00
July: 27$4,095.00$4,895.00
July: 30$4,325.00$5,125.00
August: 03, 06, 10, 13, 20$4,325.00$5,125.00
August: 24$4,025.00$4,825.00
August: 27, 31$3,950.00$4,750.00
September: 03,, 07, 10, 14$3,950.00$4,750.00
September: 17, 24$3,875.00$4,625.00
October: 01$3,795.00$4,545.00
October: 08$3,775.00$4,525.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 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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Britain & Ireland Grandeur

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. On this journey, you’ll trace the footsteps of giants and feel the salty spray of the Cliffs of Moher, smell the mossy walls of medieval castles and enjoy a toe-tapping, heart-stirring Gaelic song along the way.

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

Day 1: Journey to Stonehenge and on to Plymouth

Journey west where you’ll ponder the myths of the ancient mystical monoliths at Stonehenge which remain largely unsolved to to this day. Continuing through Devon, arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth, your home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Copthorne, 2 nights

Day 2: Discover the Cornish Peninsula

Embark on an orientation tour and see the Royal Citadel and Mayflower Steps. Explore the Cornish peninsula and visit the seaside villages of Looe and Polperro.

Day 3: Soak up Bath and off to Cardiff

Arriving in Bath, we admire the city’s stylish Georgian façades and ancient Roman Baths from which it derives its name. We continue to the vibrant Welsh capital, Cardiff, where we’ll have a free evening to enjoy this modern city’s proud heritage.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre or Holiday Inn

Day 4: Cross the Irish Sea to Waterford

This morning, we explore Cardiff’s iconic sights – the Principality Stadium, Millennium Centre and Victorian fantasy castle before crossing the Irish Sea to Waterford, most famous for the delicate crystal that graces elegant homes the world over. This evening we dine in our hotel.

Hotel: Fitzwilton

Day 5: Onwards to Blarney and Killarney

Our first stop today is at the House of Waterford Crystal where we Dive Into Culture, watching a demonstration with master craftsmen. In pursuit of the ‘gift of the gab’, we journey to Blarney Castle where you’ll have the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, before arriving later in picturesque Killarney.

Hotel: Killarney or Innisfallen, 2 nights

Day 6: A Day on the Ring of Kerry

Ireland’s enduring natural beauty accompanies our leisurely drive circling the enchanting Ring of Kerry. We pass the fishing village of Waterville, Moll’s Gap and the Black Valley – renowned for being the last place in Ireland without power and telephone networks.

Day 7: Off to Limerick, the Majestic Cliffs of Moher and Galway

We stop in Limerick and view St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle. Our next stop is the magnificent Cliffs of Moher which plunge into the Atlantic, before arriving in Galway, where we’ll spend the night.

Hotel: Connacht

Day 8: Venture into County Donegal

This morning see the great stone Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square, a tribute to former US president John F. Kennedy, who visited Galway in 1963. Enjoy an orientation of Sligo on your way to Donegal to see its 15th-century castle and explore the city your way before dining at your hotel.

Hotel: Central

Day 9: Explore Londonderry, the Giant’s Causeway and Belfast

We cross the Irish border into Northern Ireland, joining a Local Specialist in Londonderry to stroll along its 17th-century city walls. See the street murals of the Bogside before continuing to the mythical stepping stones of the Giant’s Causeway. Our visit to the haunt of Finn McCool will Make Travel Matter by helping conserve this iconic natural landmark. Our final stop today is in Belfast, where we’ll enjoy an orientation, followed by free time to explore the capital city’s sights.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson or Stormont

Day 10: On the road to Dublin

We spend the morning with a Local Specialist ‘Cabbie’ who will take us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their taxi. Heading south to Dublin later, we see St. Patrick’s Cathedral and other iconic sights in the company of a Local Specialist. Tonight, consider an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds and warm hospitality of a traditional Irish Cabaret performance.

Hotel: Mespil or Clayton Leopardstown, 2 nights

Day 11: See the Sights of Dublin

Beat the crowds and gain entry to the Guinness Storehouse before general admission. Here you’ll Dive Into Culture and embark on a tour and tasting technique demonstration. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Irish capital. Amble along Grafton Street with its colourful performers, head to Temple Bar or stroll through Phoenix Park, Dublin’s playground.

Day 12: Ferry across to Historic Chester and Liverpool

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to the ancient town of Chester, where your orientation tour will take you past its Roman walls and famous half-timbered Tudor Rows. Later, we head to the haunt of the ‘Fab Four’, edgy Liverpool, where we’ll spend the night.

Hotel: Jurys Inn

Day 13: Continue to the Beautiful Lake District

Head north to the idyllic Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries, and admire the spectacular surrounds of Lake Windermere.

Hotel: North Lakes or Castle Green

Day 14: Journey North to Glasgow

The runaway wedding capital, Gretna Green is our first stop today, where we’ll tread in the footsteps of eloping couples who would take their vows over the Marriage Anvil. We arrive in Glasgow for an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square, lined with statues of Great Britain’s most celebrated sons. We visit Falkirk Wheel where you’ll Dive into Culture learning about the legacy of Scotland’s canals and experience the world’s only rotating boat lift.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn City Centre or Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

Day 15: Over the Sea to Skye

Journey past the site of the tragic 1692 massacre at Glencoe, known as the ‘Glen of the Weeping’ and see Britain’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis. We’ll view the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, where three lochs meet, before visiting the Isle of Skye.

Hotel: Dunollie or Kings Arms

Day 16: The Sights of Loch Ness and Culloden in the Scottish Highlands

Travel through the scenic Scottish Highlands via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, home to the mythical monster affectionately known as ‘Nessie’. View the site of the bloody Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites were defeated in 1746.

Hotel: Highlander

Day 17: Onwards to Edinburgh

We continue south and stop in Pitlochry before travelling to the historic town of St. Andrews, home to one of the oldest golf courses in the world. We cross the Firth of Forth to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Hotel: Holiday Inn, 2 nights

Day 18: Explore Edinburgh Castle

Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the town from Castle Rock. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and new Scottish Parliament building.

Day 19: Uncover York’s Treasures

Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick before stopping in York where we’ll embark on an orientation walk along the picturesque Shambles and to York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience, a grand private home of a Yorkshire family enjoying traditional flavours and hospitality.

Hotel: Novotel Centre

Day 20: Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon and on to London

Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre before returning to London.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 03, 10$6,295.00$7,045.00
April: 24$6,425.00$7,675.00
May: 01, 08, 15, 22$6,475.00$7,725.00
May: 29$6,525.00$7,775.00
June: 05, 12, 19$6,525.00$7,775.00
June: 26$6,595.00$7,845.00
July: 03, 10$6,595.00$7,845.00
July: 18$6,750.00$8,170.00
July: 24, 25, 31$7,025.00$8,445.00
August: 01, 07, 14, 21$7,025.00$8,445.00
August: 28$6,495.00$7,745.00
September: 04, 11$6,495.00$7,745.00
September: 18, 25$6,395.00$7,645.00
October: 02$5,675.00$6,925.00
2022 Dates & Prices
April: 02, 09$6,195.00$7,37500
April: 16, 23$6,325.00$7,505.00
April: 30$6,375.00$6,555.00
May: 07, 14$6,375.00$7,555.00
May: 21, 28$6,450.00$7,690.00
June: 04, 11, 18, 25$6,525.00$7,765.00
July: 02, 09, 16$6,525.00$7,765.00
July: 17$6,575.00$7,815.00
July: 23, 24, 30, 31$6,975.00$8,215.00
August: 06, 13, 20$6,975.00$8,155.00
August: 27$6,395.00$7,575.00
September: 03, 10$6,395.00$7,575.00
September: 17$6,275.00$7,455.00
September: 24$6,225.00$7,405.00
October: 01$6,195.00$7,375.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 19 breakfasts, 08 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Ticket: Pembrokeshire - Rosslare / Dublin - Anglesey
Accommodation: 19 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate 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 Panorama

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. Step in the shoes of Highland warriors, 12th-century monks and welcoming, warm Irish locals who’ll share the beauty and stories of their islands just for you.

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

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

Venture through lush green Warwickshire bound for Stratford-upon-Avon to delve into the lyrical legacy of one of the world’s favourite writers. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre, and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage, before arriving in York. Wander along its cobbled Shambles and see the magnificent York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening, we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a delicious Yorkshire dinner in our hotel.

Hotel: Novotel Centre

Day 2: Continue through Northumberland to Edinburgh

Journeying through Northumberland National Park’s dramatic landscapes, we arrive at the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey en route to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Hotel: Holiday Inn, 2 nights

Day 3: Discover Enchanting Edinburgh

Join your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour through ‘Auld Reekie’s’ elegant New Town, Princes Street and the Royal Mile, enjoying views of the exquisite Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur’s Seat. Embark on a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Later, consider a traditional Scottish night out this evening, savouring up the flavours of haggis and exhilarating sounds of bagpipes which fill the air.

Day 4: Venture into the Scottish Highlands

Today, we travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view its celebrated ancient university and explore centuries of golf heritage. Our next stop is Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel River. You could choose to join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, the ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. We continue to the Scottish Highlands, our home for two nights.

Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore, 2 nights

Day 5: Explore the Isle of Skye

Drive to the rugged coast of Scotland this morning, passing scenic Eilean Donan Castle. We cross to the Isle of Skye, admiring the spectacular scenery of the ‘Garden of Skye’ before enjoying free time for lunch. A Local Specialist will take us on a journey to admire the remarkable Cuillin Mountain. Cross back to the mainland and continue past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands.

Day 6: Onwards to Loch Lomond and Glasgow’s Rich Legacy

Our first stop today is the World War II Commando Memorial, near Fort William, for views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through the ‘Glen of Weeping’, paying tribute to the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred for failing to pledge allegiance to Scotland’s new monarchs. Arriving in Glasgow, we enjoy an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square. We’ll also visit the Necropolis where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into one of Europe’s most important 19th-century burial grounds.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza

Day 7: Through the Lake District to Liverpool

Cross the border into England and Connect With Locals, joining farmer John and his wife Christine on their Cumbrian working farm for a Be My Guest experience. Learn about traditional farming methods and enjoy lunch before continuing your journey through the beautiful Lake District and its landscapes that have inspired poets and painters for centuries. See Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, before travelling to Liverpool, the haunt of Britain’s ‘Fab Four’.

Hotel: Mercure Atlantic Tower

Day 8: Across the Irish Sea to Dublin

The half-timbered Tudor Rows in Chester are our first stop today as we travel to Holyhead in North Wales to catch our ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Soak up Irish hospitality and delicious local flavours during a Regional Dinner at EPIC – the Irish Emigration Museum.

Hotel: Clayton Leopardstown, 2 nights

Day 9: Admire Dublin’s Iconic Sights

Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland’s famous brew, before delving into Dublin’s iconic sights with a Local Specialist. See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or consider an Optional Experience at an Irish Cabaret.

Day 10: On to Galway and Limerick

Journey to the West Coast and the vibrant cultural centre of Galway, where you will have an opportunity to see Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square, with its tribute to former US president John F. Kennedy, before travelling to Limerick.

Hotel: Greenhills

Day 11: Circle the Ring of Kerry and on to Cork

Admire Ireland’s enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world, circling the spectacular Ring of Kerry. Later, we check into our Stays With Stories accommodation, the historic Maldron Shandon Hotel. Originally Cork’s first general hospital opened in 1720, the building has a colourful history that has seen it survive wars, political upheaval, fire and calls for it to be demolished before it opened its doors as a grand hotel.

Hotel: Maldron Shandon

Day 12: The Sights of Blarney, Waterford and Wexford

In the pursuit of acquiring the ‘gift of the gab’, we visit Blarney Castle where you might kiss the famous Blarney Stone, before stopping in Cobh for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. This seaside city was the final port of call for the tragic Titanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon, we Dive Into Culture during a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal and witness talented master craftsmen at work.

Hotel: Maldron

Day 13: Ferry across to Cardiff

We cross the Irish Sea to Wales and its capital, Cardiff, where we will see the Principality Stadium and view the Millennium Centre, National Assembly and Cardiff Castle.

Hotel: Clayton

Day 14: Enjoy Bath, Glastonbury and Plymouth

Cross the Severn Estuary to Bath, so named for the ancient Roman Baths that have made the city a popular retreat for centuries. Admire the elegant Georgian façades and visit the Roman Baths, before some free time to explore on your own. We wind our way to mystical Glastonbury to visit the 7th-century Abbey where King Arthur is believed to be buried. Later, we arrive in the city of Plymouth, our home for two nights.

Hotel: Copthorne, 2 nights

Day 15: A Day Exploring Coastal Villages

The springboard to a ‘New World’ takes centre stage as we start our day with an orientation of Plymouth. View the Mayflower Steps, where brave pilgrims embarked on their epic voyage to America, and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Visit the fishing village of Polperro with its narrow streets and picturesque harbour, before enjoying a scenic drive through the brooding landscapes of Dartmoor, keeping a keen eye out for the area’s wild ponies. Our epic adventure through Britain and Ireland almost at its end, we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Day 16: Journey to Prehistoric Stonehenge and return to London

Our return journey to London will see us cross the Salisbury Plain and visit the ancient mystical monoliths of Stonehenge, whose myths have yet to be fully revealed. This afternoon we close the curtain on a memorable journey with new friends.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 15$5,495.00$5,845.00
April: 22, 29$5,550.00$6,740.00
May: 06, 13, 20, 27$5,625.00$6,815.00
June: 03, 10, 17$5,625.00$6,815.00
June: 24$5,675.00$6,865.00
July: 01, 15, 22, 29$5,675.00$6,865.00
August: 05, 12, 19, 26$5,995.00$7,315.00
September: 02, 09, 16$5,625.00$6,815.00
September: 23$5,595.00$6,785.00
2022 Dates & Prices
April: 07$5,375.00$6,445.00
April: 14, 21$5,450.00$6,520.00
April: 28$5,525.00$6,595.00
May: 05, 12, 19, 26$5,525.00$6,595.00
June: 02, 09, 16$5,525.00$6,195.00
June: 23, 30$5,650.00$6,720.00
July: 07, 14, 21, 28$5,650.00$6,720.00
August: 04, 11, 18, 25$5,950.00$7,020.00
September: 01, 08, 15, 22$5,525.00$6,595.00
September: 29$5,375.00$6,445.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Ticket: Anglesey - Dublin
Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate 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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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
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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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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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