Essential Britain & Ireland (GB) - 2014 / 2015

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10 Day Tour from London to London


Essential Britain & Ireland
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading attractions
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading attractions
Dublin, the capital of Ireland
Pomp-and-ceremony in London
View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland
London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames
Prehistoric Stonehenge
The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel
Stonehenge
Ride the iconic double decker bus in London

Vacation Overview

This comprehensive vacation introduces you to all five countries that make up the British Isles. Start with an overnight in London, then head west to prehistoric Stonehenge and then to the extraordinary Roman excavations in Bath. Next, spend a night in Newport, Wales, and travel via Cardiff to Pembroke for a ferry crossing to Ireland, where you will be welcomed with a typical Irish coffee, a Local Favorite on this vacation. Enjoy a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal, see Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca, and take a guided tour of St. Kevin’s 6th-century Centre of Irish Christianity in Glendalough. In Dublin, an orientation drive features O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College with its Book of Kells. Cross into Northern Ireland, pass the Mountains of Mourne, and stop in vibrant Belfast before boarding a ferry bound for Scotland. In the capital city of Edinburgh, guided sightseeing includes a visit to the castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Return to England, where you’ll see a section of Hadrian’s Wall (dating back to the 2nd century) and stop in medieval York to marvel at gothic York Minster. At Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit the Bard’s birthplace, before returning to London for an overnight and the conclusion of your journey.

     
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STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

NEWPORT
Welcome dinner

CARDIFF
Orientation drive, guided tour of Cardiff Castle

PEMBROKE–ROSSLARE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry

WATERFORD
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a traditional Irish coffee; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

AVOCA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of the handweaving mill

GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity

DUBLIN
Orientation drive, visit Trinity College

BELFAST
Orientation

BELFAST–CAIRNRYAN
Cross the North Channel by ferry

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle

JEDBURGH
Take pictures of the abbey ruins

YORK
Walking tour

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy lunch

NOTE:

  • Edinburgh MilitaryTattoo ticket included for departures July 27 through August 17.


DAY 1Arrive 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 illuminations cruise on the River Thames.

London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames Pomp-and-ceremony in London The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel Ride the iconic double decker bus in London 
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DAY 2London–Stonehenge–Bath–Newport, Wales

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart London at 8 am for a memorable day’s sightseeing. Try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE; explore the stunning new visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument up close. At the elegant Georgian city of Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Then, cross the River Severn for a late-afternoon arrival in Wales. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel Pomp-and-ceremony in London The Roman Baths once served as a complex for public bathing Ride the iconic double decker bus in London 
Stonehenge

Stonehenge


"Built in several stages starting around 3,000 BC, Stonehenge remains one of humankind’s biggest mysteries. While science is still trying to determine the purpose behind this famous prehistoric monument, it is generally assumed to be some sort of astronomical observatory that reflects the changing trajectory of the sun through the sky and the seasons"
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DAY 3Newport–Cardiff–Waterford, Ireland

A morning orientation drive in the Welsh capital features all the major attractions. Take a guided tour of Cardiff Castle, and discover its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts over the past 2,000 years. Continue along the South Wales coast to Pembroke, where your FERRY will be waiting. Sail across St. George’s Channel to Rosslare on the Emerald Isle and proceed to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner this evening, enjoy a traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite IRISH COFFEE. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading attractions 
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DAY 4Waterford–Avoca–Glendalough–Dublin

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL, and at Avoca, visit Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL and watch the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WEAVERS at work. Travel on to GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. On arrival in Dublin, top the day with an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (Breakfast)

Dublin, the capital of Ireland 
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DAY 5Dublin

An orientation drive in Ireland’s capital city includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Then, visit Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful campus of the renowned Trinity College 
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DAY 6Dublin–Belfast, Northern Ireland–Edinburgh, Scotland

On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the River Boyne, then skirt the Mountains of Mourne. In Belfast, where the Titanic was built, take in the city’s vibrant history and view the impressive City Hall. Next, board your FERRY to cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland’s southwest coast and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. Tonight, relax and enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (Breakfast)

View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland 
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DAY 7Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast)

NOTE:
For departures July 27 through August 17, 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.

The Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland Enjoy the sounds of bagpipes and drums at the Military Tattoo performance Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views For over forty years, the Royal Yacht served the British Royal Family.  Britannia is now a unique five-star visitor experience; come and tour five decks of this historic ship. 
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DAY 8Edinburgh–Jedburgh–York, England

This morning, drive past the abbey ruins at Jedburgh and the house of Mary, Queen of Scots, into wild Northumberland National Park. Later, see a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman coast-to-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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9York–Stratford-Upon-Avon–London

On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, the fascinating Elizabethan town. Take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE and enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a light LUNCH. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your vacation. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London Shakespeares Birthplace London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames Pomp-and-ceremony in London 
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DAY 10London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferries Pembroke-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan



Full English breakfast; 1 lunch; 3 three-course dinners with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GAYLE WALTER

Years of Experience: 20 years

I enjoy the opportunity to share the many facets of the British Isles with people from all over the world who are enthusiastic and inquisitive. My job is to open your eyes to the new and unexpected, not relying on the familiar and well known, but the curious and hidden charms that will continue to delight long after the tour has finished.

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Essential Britain & Ireland:

  • City of Bath
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
  • Stonehenge