Britain & Ireland in Depth (GT)

24 Day Tour from London to London

2020 Tour Details

Traveling through the small towns and larger cities, this Britain and Ireland tour is our most complete view of the British Isles. On any tour through Britain and Ireland you’d expect to visit ancient ruins, majestic castles and palaces, magnificent cathedrals, and historical sights. That’s why Globus has included visits to prehistoric Stonehenge; the ancient Roman ruins in Bath; Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century; Holyrood Palace (when available), The Queen’s official residence in Scotland; Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited castle; Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; Brodie Castle with its outstanding art collection and magnificent library; and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece.

You’d also expect lush landscapes and breathtaking scenery. That’s why Globus has included a cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors; a drive on the 100-mile Ring of Kerry, with its rugged and magnificent landscapes; stunning scenery on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula; the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher; Northern Ireland’s awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, formed millions of years ago; a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park in Wales; England’s tranquil Lake District; the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland’s best scenery; and much more.

What you may not expect on a Britain and Ireland tour are special and unique experiences. That’s where Globus is different and has included them. For example, you’ll enjoy a traditional Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford; you’ll have fun joining the locals for dinner and traditional Irish music at a local pub in Killarney and the beautiful Cotswolds.

Castles, palaces, cathedrals, ancient sights, breath-taking scenery, special treats, and so much more are offered on this in-depth Britain and Ireland tour. A vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral
STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument
DARTMOOR
Visit Widecombe-in-the-Moor
PLYMOUTH
Welcome dinner, see the Mayflower Steps; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Plymouth Sound cruise
CORNWALL
Take pictures of St. Michael’s Mount, visit St. Ives
BATH
Visit the Roman relics
FISHGUARD-ROSSLARE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry
WATERFORD
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy an Irish Coffee; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
KILLARNEY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy dinner and music at Scruffys pub
RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive
DINGLE PENINSULA
Visit the Blasket Islands Centre
ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
BELLEEK
Guided tour of the pottery
COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant’s Causeway
BELFAST
Orientation drive, visit the Titanic Experience
CARLINGFORD
Visit the medieval town
DUBLIN
Orientation drive
DUBLIN–HOLYHEAD
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry
LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story
GRASMERE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Try original Grasmere gingerbread
MALLAIG–ARMADALE
Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry
ISLE OF SKYE
Visit the Museum of the Isles
INVERNESS
Visit the Highland capital
CLAVA CAIRNS
Visit the sacred prehistoric site featured in Outlander
CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center
BRODIE
Visit the castle
EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace (excluding August and other occasional dates)
FLOORS
Visit the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s castle
YORK
Walking tour
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace
COTSWOLDS
Enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at a local pub
BLENHEIM
Visit the palace

Headsets throughout the tour except London.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

  • July 21 through August 11 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

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

  • Blenheim Palace
  • City of Bath
  • Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
  • Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
  • Stonehenge
  • The English Lake District
  • Westminster Palace (Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church)

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Dublin-Holyhead, Mallaig-Armadale.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 8 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Plymouth, plus a dinner at a local pub in Killarney, and in the Cotswolds

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

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

Day 2 LONDON

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 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 LONDON–STONEHENGE–DARTMOOR–PLYMOUTH

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart London at 8 am. First, visit prehistoric STONEHENGE and its visitor center before traveling through Salisbury Plain into Dartmoor. Stop in Widecombe-in-the-Moor with its prominent church, cozy tea rooms, and lively pubs before arriving in Plymouth, where you will spend the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 227 mi / 352 km

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Day 4 PLYMOUTH. CORNWALL EXCURSION

A day full of West Country sights as you head through Cornwall, of Poldark fame. After viewing St. Michael’s Mount, take time to explore the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers who boarded The Mayflower 400 years ago, with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. You will also have time at the historic Plymouth Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps.
Today’s Distance: 161 mi / 255 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES

In Glastonbury, hear about King Arthur, and in Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Overnight in Newport. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight?
Today’s Distance: 167 mi / 267 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 NEWPORT–WATERFORD, IRELAND

Your journey through South Wales takes you to Fishguard. Cross St. George’s Channel to Rosslare in Ireland and proceed to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner, enjoy an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Today’s Distance: 183 mi / 294 km

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Day 7 WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY

Start your day with a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. Then, in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, there is time to walk up to the castle and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts before continuing to the popular resort town of Killarney, your County Kerry base for the next three nights. How about joining an entertaining optional evening in Tralee, with dinner and tickets for the National Folk Theatre?
Today’s Distance: 133 mi / 214 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 AT LEISURE IN KILLARNEY

A full day to relax or join our optional excursion that includes a horsedrawn jaunting-car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, and a boat ride to Innisfallen Abbey and across the lakes to Muckross House. After lunch on your own, the excursion continues with a visit to the house and gardens, returning to your hotel mid-afternoon. Later, walk to Scruffy’s pub for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DINNER and join the locals in an evening full of live, traditional Irish music.

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Day 9 KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

Start a scenic day with a drive to Killorglin on Dingle Bay, and join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before returning to Killarney.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 159 km

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Day 10 KILLARNEY–DINGLE PENINSULA–ADARE–LIMERICK

Breathtaking scenery on Dingle Peninsula. At the BLASKET ISLANDS CENTRE, learn about the way of life on the remote islands, evacuated by its inhabitants in 1953. Via quaint Adare, head for the city of Limerick. Tonight’s optional recommendation: a medieval banquet at an historic castle.
Today’s Distance: 160 mi / 257 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO

Drive to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic, and step on to the edge of the world to admire the aweinspiring views and watch the birds glide along the rugged cliffs. Then, via the desolate limestone plateau of The Burren, head to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with cobblestone streets, colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Your overnight destination is Sligo, a coastal seaport known for its literary heritage. Before dinner, you might want to join an optional excursion to a local pub.
Today’s Distance: 167 mi / 270 km

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Day 12 SLIGO–BELLEEK, NORTHERN IRELAND–DERRY–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST

A fascinating day today: BELLEEK POTTERY, renowned for its exquisite Parian china; Derry, one of the finest examples of a walled city; and aweinspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast.
Today’s Distance: 227 mi / 352 km

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Day 13 BELFAST–CARLINGFORD–DUBLIN, IRELAND

First thing this morning, your Tour Director will show you Belfast’s main attractions during an orientation drive, ending at the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE. Learn about the building of the largest passenger steamship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Then stop in the charming village of Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula, known for its oyster farms and medieval buildings, before heading for Dublin. Why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter?
Today’s Distance: 128 mi / 206 km

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Day 14 DUBLIN

Your orientation drive in the “Fair 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. Top the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 DUBLIN–NORTH WALES–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

Back across the Irish Sea for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. On the Welsh Isle of Anglesey, take a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, head over spectacular Llanberis Pass, and via pretty Betws-y-Coed to Liverpool.
Today’s Distance: 126 mi / 203 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16 LIVERPOOL–GRASEMERE–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.” Enter the tranquil Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, try original Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples. Overnight in Glasgow.
Today’s Distance: 238 mi / 382 km

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Day 17 GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–ISLE OF SKYE–INVERNESS

Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William, and follow the “Road to the Isles” to Mallaig, where you board your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye. Visit the MUSEUM OF THE ISLES, then return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to Inverness.
Today’s Distance: 251 mi / 404 km

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Day 18 INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. Stop first at CLAVA CAIRNS, featured in the popular TV series Outlander and one of Scotland’s most sacred prehistoric sites with three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, visit BRODIE CASTLE, the ancestral home of Clan Brodie, once one of Scotland’s most prominent families, and admire the outstanding art collection and magnificent library. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch.
Today’s Distance: 30 mi / 48 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 19 INVERNESS–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH

Main features today: the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry; St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis might be fun. For departure numbers July 21 through August 11, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 326 km

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Day 20 EDINBURGH

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year old “New Town” as well as the “Old Town.” Visit EDINBURGH CASTLE, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect residence for glittering state visits and family vacations, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 21 EDINBURGH–YORK, ENGLAND

This morning, visit FLOORS CASTLE, the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s family home and the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Then, in York, England’s most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.
Today’s Distance: 213 mi / 343 km

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Day 22 YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Discover the beautiful hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare. Stop first for photographs at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, then visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE, where he grew up and lived the first years of his married life. Later, enjoy a drive through the beautiful Cotswolds, followed by Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DINNER at a local pub.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 260 km

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Day 23 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON

Today’s highlight is the visit to magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and there is also time to explore the landscaped parkland. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation by taking in a West End show?
Today’s Distance: 98 mi / 159 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 24 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. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TOM BURTCHAELL

Escorting tours for more than 4 years

I was brought up in a house where history and tourism were in the air and inevitably I caught the bug. My first ever tourism and hospitality job was as a young teen and I've been involved since. I have a passion for meeting people and imparting information on landscapes, history, geography and culture. I strive to create positive memories that will last long after the tour has finished.

Tour Director - TOM BURTCHAELL

 Accommodations

London
Plymouth
Newport
Waterford
Killarney
Limerick
Sligo
Belfast
Dublin
Liverpool
Glasgow
Inverness
Edinburgh
York
Stratford - upon - Avon

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Dublin
Liverpool

Dublin

Taylors Irish Cabaret

Taylors Irish Cabaret

You won't want to miss this popular outing to the legendary Taylors Irish Cabaret, featuring a delicious dinner, drinks, and outstanding Irish music, dance, and comedy.

Price Range: $$

Liverpool

City Tour

City Tour

Enjoy a detailed introduction to the splendid city of Liverpool on this entertaining private guided tour. Along the way, visit the magnificent cathedral, admire stunning historic civic buildings, hear about the legendary Beatles, and discover the city's glorious maritime history.

Price Range: $

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $4,350*
18 guests in a party: $1,129*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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