Highlights of Britain & Ireland (GK) - 2015 / 2016

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15 Day Tour from London to London


Highlights of Britain & Ireland
Pomp-and-ceremony in London
Pomp-and-ceremony in London
Pageantry of the Changing of the Guard
Shakespeares Birthplace
Visit the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge
Tower of London on a sunny day
Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views
Ride the iconic double decker bus in London
See the Changing of the Guard performed by some of the most elite and skilled soldiers in the British Army
Overlooking The Houses of Parliament along the north bank of the Thames River

Vacation Overview

Journey through the lands of kings, queens, and leprechauns! Begin in London with two overnights and guided sightseeing that features the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and includes visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Changing of the Guard, if held. Depart the city to admire the breathtaking ornamental gardens at Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, then venture on to prehistoric Stonehenge and the Roman excavations at Bath. Cross into Wales and spend the night in Newport before ferrying across the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle, where after dinner you will be welcomed with a typical Irish coffee, a Local Favorite on this tour. Highlights are a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney, the resort town of Killarney, the spectacular Ring of Kerry, the Irish National Stud in Kildare, and an orientation drive in Dublin that includes O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. Visit Malahide Castle on your way to Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, where you enjoy a guided “Living History” tour and explore the Titanic Exhibition. Also included is dinner in the restaurant of the famous Crown Liquor Saloon. Return across the Irish Sea and through scenic border country to Edinburgh for visits to the castle and Holyrood Palace (except when the Queen is in residence). Tickets are included for the world-renowned Military Tattoo on departures July 28 through August 18. On your return to England, see Alnwick. Stop to visit the impressive gothic York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, explore Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, and enjoy a glass of champagne during your guided tour of beautiful Blenheim Palace before returning to London for the end of your adventure.

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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on 2015 Globus air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Single supplement waived on select 2015 Globus departures.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on 2015 Globus air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a 2015 Globus air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between May 6 and June 23, 2015 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer valid with all other offers. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

Single supplement waived on select 2015 Globus departures.*

Book a select 2015 Globus departure and receive a waived single supplement fee. Must be booked and under deposit between April 14 and May 31, 2015 for travel in 2015. Applies to new 2015 bookings. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Not combinable with any other offer other than Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and current air offer. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details.


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    NOTE:

    • Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures July 28 through August 18


    DAY 1Arrive in London, England

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

    Ride the iconic double decker bus in London The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London 
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    DAY 2London

    Your morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to the Tower of London or Windsor Castle, and later, maybe an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River? (Breakfast)

    Westminster Abbey – the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs Overlooking The Houses of Parliament along the north bank of the Thames River 
    Changing of the Guard

    Changing of the Guard


    "Changing the Guard dates to Henry VII (reigned 1485-1509) and was designed to show military discipline as well as ceremony. The tall bearskin hats were introduced in the 18th century to make the soldiers look taller and thus more frightening, and they were adopted for ceremonial use in 1832. The ceremony we know today started in the late 1800s and involves real soldiers who fulfill all military duties, guarding the Queen being just part of their service."
    Tower of London

    Tower of London


    "Since its founding in the 11th century, the Tower of London has served many roles: impregnable fortress, royal residence, armory, treasury, home of the famed Crown Jewels, and a prison for those who offended the monarchy. To this day it is guarded by the “Beefeaters,” a name that likely originates from when Tower guards were paid part of their salary with chunks of beef, a practice that continued until the 1800s."
    Houses of Parliament

    Houses of Parliament


    "Big Ben may be the most famous feature of the Houses of Parliament, but equally impressive is the hammerbeam ceiling of Westminster Hall. The Hall dates back to 1097 and, at that time, the roof was supported by pillars. During the reign of King Richard II (14th century), however, it was replaced by the hammerbeam roof seen today. This roof – its beauty and sustainability – is even more impressive when you know its history. It was built with beams made from trees that were ancient at the time, reputedly acorns, dating back to the 6th century (or earlier). If only these walls (beams, rather) could talk!"
    Buckingham Palace

    Buckingham Palace


    "Amid the splendor of modern cities it’s hard to imagine what places looked like before they became what we know today. In a previous incarnation, the ground where Buckingham Palace now stands was a mulberry garden cultivated by King James I as food for silkworms. The silk industry he hoped to nurture never materialized, and eventually a roadhouse was built there, followed in due course by the Blake House, Goring House and Arlington House.Originally known as the Buckingham House, built as a townhouse by the Duke of Buckingham in 1709, the estate was acquired by King George III in 1762."
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    DAY 3London–Stonehenge–Bath–Newport, Wales

    Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart London at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing: a special visit to admire the breathtaking ORNAMENTAL GARDENS of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace; prehistoric STONEHENGE, with its stunning new visitor center; and in the elegant Georgian city of Bath, the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Cross the Severn River into Wales, and tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    The Roman Baths once served as a complex for public bathing Pomp-and-ceremony 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 4Newport–Cardiff–Waterford, Ireland

    An orientation in the Welsh capital features the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, and the stately civic buildings. Continue along the South Wales coast to Fishguard, where your FERRY is waiting. Sail across St. George’s Channel to Rosslare and proceed by coach to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner this evening, enjoy an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading attractions 
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    DAY 5Waterford–Blarney–Killarney

    Your first highlight today is a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. Via the port city of Cork, motor to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, then on to Killarney for a two-night stay. Later, join an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner followed by tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre. (Breakfast)

    Blarney Castle and the Stone of Eloquence Take in the beautiful scenery of the Killarney National Park 
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    DAY 6Killarney. Ring of Kerry Excursion

    Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip and take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. This afternoon, maybe an optional fun-filled horse-drawn jaunting car ride. (Breakfast)

    View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland 
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    DAY 7Killarney–Adare–Cashel–Kildare–Dublin

    Drive to quaint Adare with its colorful thatched cottages and on to the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. Then, visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD whose fine thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (Breakfast)

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    DAY 8Dublin

    Get an overview of Ireland’s capital as you drive to statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Why not join an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse? (Breakfast)

    Enjoy the beautiful campus of the renowned Trinity College 
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    DAY 9Dublin–Malahide–Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Set in 250 acres of park land, and formerly both fortress and private home of the Talbot family for nearly 800 years, your first visit is at MALAHIDE CASTLE. Join your guide on a tour of the castle with its interesting mix of architectural styles, then stroll through the extensive gardens. On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the Boyne River and drive on to Belfast for a visit of the fascinating TITANIC EXHIBITION, where you learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. For dinner, enjoy traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite IRISH CUISINE at the famous Crown Liquor Saloon. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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    DAY 10Belfast–Edinburgh, Scotland

    First thing this morning, a “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide. See all the famous landmarks, including the Parliament House at Stormont, City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. 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, 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 11Edinburgh

    Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide 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, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board.

    NOTE:
    For departures July 28 through August 18, tickets are included for the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

    Enjoy the sounds of bagpipes and drums at the Military Tattoo performance Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views The Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland The Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh serves as the offical residence of the Queen 
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    DAY 12Edinburgh–Alnwick, England–York

    Relax and enjoy vistas of the beautiful North Sea coastline as you drive via Berwick-upon-Tweed to Alnwick, voted the “best place to live in Britain” in a national survey. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, visit YORK MINSTER, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Then, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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    DAY 13York–Coventry–Stratford-Upon-Avon

    In Coventry, view the splendid modern cathedral that rose from the rubble of severe World War II bombings, and in Stratford-upon-Avon, take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Shakespeares Birthplace 
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    DAY 14Stratford-Upon-Avon–London

    Today’s spectacular highlight is a guided tour of magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. End the tour in style with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE while looking out over the Water Terraces. Depart after lunch and return to London at about 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows? (Breakfast)

    The Blenheim Palace in England 
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    DAY 15London

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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    Transportation

    Motorcoach; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



    Full English breakfast; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport, and 1 dinner at a traditional pub in Belfast


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    Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on 2015 Globus air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

    Single supplement waived on select 2015 Globus departures.*

    Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on 2015 Globus air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

    *Book a 2015 Globus air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between May 6 and June 23, 2015 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer valid with all other offers. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

    Single supplement waived on select 2015 Globus departures.*

    Book a select 2015 Globus departure and receive a waived single supplement fee. Must be booked and under deposit between April 14 and May 31, 2015 for travel in 2015. Applies to new 2015 bookings. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Not combinable with any other offer other than Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and current air offer. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details.





      UNESCO World Heritage Sites


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

      • Blenheim Palace
      • City of Bath
      • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
      • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
      • Stonehenge
      • Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church