Tour: GT - 2012 (GT) - 2012 / 2014

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Buckingham Palace in London
Buckingham Palace in London
Tower of London on a sunny day

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper Located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. This visit will teach you everything about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of barrel making in the cooperage. The highlight is the 7th floor Gravity Bar, where you will sample a pint of "the black stuff" and enjoy the breathtaking views across Dublin City. Round the evening off with an excellent buffet dinner with wine.

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Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening The enchanting evening starts with a four-course dinner with wine and a traditional Irish coffee. Then enjoy an evening of quality entertainment, celebrating the best of everything Irish in comedy, music, song & dance from Ireland's leading entertainers. Enjoy a lively blend of traditional Irish dance, ballads and tunes. The dancers thrill audiences as they twirl and tap with exuberance to the musical accompaniment of the accordion, uileann pipes, guitar and piano. A fun and unforgettable evening.

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Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner Having served royalty and prime ministers and hosted presidents, the last commissioned royal yacht offers a rare opportunity to explore areas not normally seen on a conventional visit to a royal residence; from the bridge through the private and state apartments, from the officer and crew quarters to the engine room. After the visit, you will dine at a fine local restaurant.

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Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis Your evening commences in style with a piper welcoming you in traditional Scottish style. Savor a delicious four-course banquet with wine, then let your host lead you through an evening of music, song and dance culminating in the traditional Ceremony of the Haggis and the joint singing of 'Auld Lang Syne' written by Robert Burns.

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Loch Ness Experience and Supper The Loch Ness Exhibition is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions giving a deeper understanding of the special things about Loch Ness that you cannot see by looking at it. Whilst keeping the mystery of the monster center stage, the story is told from the ice age to the present day through seven themed chambers. Following the visit, board your motorboat for a cruise past the ruins of Urquhart Castle while you try to catch a glimpse of "Nessie". Conclude your evening with supper overlooking the loch.

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Lakes of Killarney and Muckross House Adventure The jaunting car will meet you at the hotel; the jarvey will make you comfortable, ready the horse, and then take you on a splendid journey out to Ross Castle in beautiful Killarney National Park. Cruise the stunning Lakes of Killarney and disembark for a visit to remote Innisfallen Abbey. Continuing the cruise you eventually arrive at magnificent Muckross House, an impressive 19th century mansion, for a guided tour of the principal rooms which are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the nineteenth century Herbert family, members of the Irish landowning class.

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Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre Performance This unique experience begins with a visit to Ireland's famous Rose town, Tralee, where you enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Then, take your seats at the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre where the legendary heritage of Ireland is re-enacted in compelling songs and dance. This theater does a truly magnificent job of re-creating Ireland's Celtic roots with glorious visual, musical and magical productions.

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Knappogue Castle Banquet Come and enjoy the famous medieval banquet at Knappogue Castle. While you enjoy a sumptuous four-course feast with wine, the ladies of the castle will entertain you with a program of music, song and dance, taking you on a journey from medieval times to the present day.

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Liverpool Evening City Tour On this lively, informative city tour your Local Guide introduces you to this incredibly vibrant city. Hear why Liverpool was recently European City of Culture, and is renowned for its glorious maritime history, musical heritage, two of the Premier League's biggest soccer teams and two majestically different cathedrals. See some of the greatest 19th century civic buildings, discover the Cavern and where John, Paul, George and Ringo grew up.

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A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

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Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St.George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

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Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

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Shownight - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life. A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.

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Shownight - War Horse (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage - their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.

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Tower of London and Crown Jewels The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

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Welsh Evening at Cardiff Castle Cardiff Castle was the home to one of the richest men of his era, the 3rd Marquess of Bute; the opulence is breath-taking. After your tour of the castle, enjoy an unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality in historic surroundings. You are treated to the very best of Welsh food, entertainment and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts. Traditionally costumed characters perform popular Welsh songs and invite you to join in the fun.

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Plymouth Harbor Cruise See the sights of Plymouth on a harbor cruise with commentary by the captain. Cruise past RAF Mount Batten, a former Royal Air Force station and flying boat base, and take in the lovely views across Plymouth Sound, passing Smeaton's Tower, Drake's Island and the Mayflower Steps.

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Tales Of Dartmoor Pub Supper Your drive into Dartmoor National Park will bring you to the village where Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle found inspiration for his famous novel Hound of the Baskervilles. Enjoy two drinks of your choice and a delicious pub supper while a local storyteller regales you with tales that have been passed down through the ages. "Picture a dark winter's night, the wind howling down the chimney, the rain battering against the shuttered windows and the peat fire glowing warmly when suddenly ...".

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Sligo Pub Excursion Take your pictures of the breathtaking County Sligo coast in the glorious north west and then enter a world which can only be found in Ireland: a country pub with a wonderful atmosphere. The resident musician is a virtuoso who provides an evening of pure entertainment with world famous charm and 'craic'. Enjoy two drinks of your choice and listen to typical Irish songs on a very popular evening.

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Afternoon Tea in the Cotswolds Hear about rural England, its traditions and its folklore while savoring some of the finest scenery we have to offer. The area is well known for gentle hills, outstanding countryside with river valleys, sleepy ancient limestone villages, historic market towns and for being so 'typically English' where time has stood still for centuries. Enjoy scones with clotted cream, jam and freshly brewed tea.

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