Essential Britain & Ireland (GB)

10 Day Tour from London to London

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Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and energetic cities—all of this awaits you on this fabulous Britain and Ireland tour. Your tour starts and ends in London with overnights in between in Newport, Wales; Waterford and Dublin in Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and York, England.

If you’re a fan of castles, you’ll enjoy your visit to Cardiff Castle, dating back over 2,000 years. Hear about its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts, and see its fairytale towers. You’ll also visit Edinburgh Castle, dating back to the 12th century, once residence of Scottish monarchs and today home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. Even older than these castles are the Roman baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD and today one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world, and Stonehenge. You’ll visit both of these on this Essential Britain & Ireland tour. You’ll also visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford, where you’ll see the highly-skilled craftsmen at work in the production of this famous crystal. You’ll see more artisans at work on your visit to Ireland’s oldest hand weaving mill at Avoca—a special treat arranged by Globus for you. Also in Ireland, you’ll visit Glendalough, an early Christian monastic site set in a glaciated valley with two lakes founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.

Globus has also included special experiences for you throughout this tour. For example, you’ll enjoy a traditional Irish coffee in Waterford and a light lunch in the charming Elizabethan town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s just another way Globus brings these destinations to life on this tour of Britain and Ireland—a vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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
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 31 through August 21

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

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

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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 illuminations cruise on the Thames River.

Day 2 London–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 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 Severn River for a late-afternoon arrival in Wales. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 Newport–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.

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Day 4 Waterford–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 Breakfast

Day 5 Dublin

An orientation drive in Ireland’s capital city includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Dublin–Belfast, Northern Ireland–Edinburgh, Scotland

On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the Boyne River, 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 Breakfast

Day 7 Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. 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. For departures July 31 through August 21, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Edinburgh–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 Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 9 York–Stratford-Upon-Avon–London

On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, the fascinating Elizabethan town. Take 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 Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 10 London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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: 22

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.

Tour Director - GAYLE WALTER

 Accommodations

London
Newport
Waterford
Dublin
Edinburgh
York

London

Hilton London Metropole

Superior First-Class

225 Edgware Road
London, United Kingdom

This contemporary, centrally located 1,054-room hotel is just a few minutes' stroll away from the West End and Oxford Street, London's major shopping area. Hyde Park and Regent Park are nearby, as are art galleries, museums and theaters. Dine on international cuisine at Fiamma Restaurant, savor Asian Fusion favorites and views of London at Minako at the Met on the 23rd floor, or enjoy exciting sports events in the Sports Bar. Discover the latest additions to the hotel, the contemporary EDG Bar & Lounge and the Whisky Lounge, serving an impressive range of whiskies. The hotel also boasts a LivingWell Health Club, a 12.5 meter heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and the beauty salon.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Superior First-Class

200 Westminster Bridge
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

This contemporary hotel is located within minutes of London's famous landmarks in the heart of city. Dining options include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre with 15-metre pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

Newport

The Coldra Court by Celtic Manor

First-Class

Chepstow Road
Newport-Gwent, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Business hotel with understated courtyard design & relaxed atmosphere; spacious conference facilities; near Cardiff and Bristol.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television

Waterford

Tower Hotel

First-Class

The Mall
Waterford, Ireland

Free Wifi

Traditional 4-story Hotel situated along the Quay, opposite historic Reginald's Tower (1003 A.D.).

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Climate Control
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Dublin

The Gibson

Superior First-Class

Point Village
Dublin, Ireland

Free Wifi

The Gibson does sleeping, meeting, dining, imbibing, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. They mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off center approach and know it works. Hoover exhibitions, supporting local artists, prohibition events, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes them different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find the staff friendly, responsive and happy.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

The Spencer

Superior First-Class

Excise Walk, IFSC
Dublin 1, Ireland

Free Wifi

The Clarion Hotel IFSC Dublin City is a modern 4 star hotel located in the heart of Downtown Dublin overlooking the River Liffey. All 165 air-conditioned rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi access, interactive TV, Nespresso Coffee Machine, tea & coffee making facilities and iPod Docking station. Excise Grill is the perfect choice for pre theatre when planning a visit to Dublin's O2, Bord Gais Energy Theatre or Aviva Stadium or choose from the Chefs menu or a la carte which offers only the finest locally sourced ingredients. For a more casual experience Kudos Bar brings you Asian/Thai dishes and speciality beers and cocktails. Sanovitae Health & Fitness Club boasts an 18-meter swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and gym, as well as the French Beauty Day Spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Edinburgh

Holiday Inn Edinburgh

Superior Tourist-Class

132 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Aside from its convenient location the Holiday Inn Edinburgh provides all the comforts of home including wireless connectivity, swimming pool, fitness center, restaurant and lounge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board

York

Novotel York

First-Class

Fishergate
York, United Kingdom

Modern Brick Hotel overlooking River Ouse, 10 minutes from city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Holiday Inn York

First-Class

Tadcaster Road
York, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

The friendly Holiday Inn York is set within a lush setting on leafy grounds. Wireless Internet is accessible throughout the property including the lobby which is appointed with oak furnishings or the beautiful, tree-lined outdoor patio.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

 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.

London
Dublin
Edinburgh

London

ATasteofLondon

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.

Approximate value: £74 GBP per person

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Shownight - Beautiful (Monday-Friday)

This fully escorted, door-to-door evening excursion includes a gourmet dinner at a first class restaurant. Choose from a tasty 3 course, 3 choice menu with wine and coffee. Dinner is followed by best seats to see the sensational musical BEAUTIFUL. Return transfers are included, and your Local Host accompanies you during this wonderful evening in London's West End. BEAUTIFUL is the untold story of Carole King8217's journey from schoolgirl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom.

Approximate value: £114 GBP per person

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Shownight - Kinky Boots (Monday-Friday)

This fully escorted, door-to-door evening excursion includes a gourmet dinner at a first class restaurant. Choose from a tasty 3 course, 3 choice menu with wine and coffee. Dinner is followed by best seats to see the sensational musical KINKY BOOTS. Return transfers are included, and your Local Host accompanies you during this wonderful evening in London's West End. KINKY BOOTS is Broadway's huge hearted, high heeled hit and it's coming to London! With songs by Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendship we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. With direction and choreography by two time Tony award winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four time Tony award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of 6 Broadway Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out...

Approximate value: £114 GBP per person

Dublin

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Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper

Guinness is known the world over - 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.

Approximate value: £55 GBP per person

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Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening

The enchanting evening starts with a three-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.

Approximate value: £64 GBP per person

Edinburgh

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Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner

Enjoy a visit to the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was used on over 700 overseas visits and sailed over a million nautical miles. 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, dine at a fine local restaurant.

Approximate value: £59 GBP per person

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Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

No visit to Scotland's capital city would be complete without joining a Scottish evening. A piper welcomes you in traditional Scottish style, then savor a delicious four-course banquet with wine and 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.

Approximate value: £67 GBP per person

 Know Before You Go

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