Essential Britain & Ireland with Paris (GBE)

13 Day Tour from London to Paris

2019 Tour Details

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.

Fans of castles will enjoy the visit to Cardiff Castle, dating back over 2,000 years. Hear about its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts, and see its fairy-tale towers. You’ll also visit Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century and today home to the Crown Jewels; and Kilkenny Castle, in Ireland, built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several route ways. 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. We have also included a special experience for you on this tour: a traditional Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford. Then, at the conclusion of your tour, travel via the high-speed Eurostar train to Paris for three overnights, plenty of leisure time, and guided sightseeing that includes a relaxing cruise of the River Seine with views of Notre Dame Cathedral. All services in Paris, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.

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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
Enjoy an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
KILKENNY
Visit Kilkenny Castle
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
LONDON–PARIS
By high-speed Eurostar Train
PARIS
Guided sightseeing, featuring the famous highlights followed by Seine River Cruise with views of Notre Dame Cathedral

Headsets throughout the tour except London.

Notes:

  • July 28 through August 18 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 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, including admission charges where applicable.

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 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 at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

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. Cross 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 an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 4 WATERFORD–KILKENNY–DUBLIN

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL, then travel on to Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s prettiest towns with medieval cobblestones and Old-World charm. Visit magnificent KILKENNY CASTLE, which overlooks the Nore River and has guarded this important river crossing for more than 900 years. The gardens, with extensive woodland paths, rose garden, and ornamental lake, create the setting for a beautiful stroll. 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 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 the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit 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 departure numbers 0728 through 0818, 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 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, to take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your vacation.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 LONDON–PARIS, FRANCE

Travel by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class) to Paris. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 PARIS

Morning guided sightseeing features Paris’ most famous highlights like Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower. Also enjoy a relaxing SEINE RIVER CRUISE with views of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 PARIS

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 PARIS

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.

PIETER CORDWELL

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

I've been a Tour Director all my life. My father has been a Tour Director since before I was born, so I have literally been brought up to do this. The soundtrack of my childhood was the stories of British history, and I've always loved sharing those stories with others. Now, I get to do just that!

Tour Director - PIETER CORDWELL

 Accommodations

London
Newport
Waterford
Dublin
Edinburgh
York
Paris

 Optional Excursions

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
Edinburgh
Paris

Dublin

Taylors Irish Night

Taylors Irish Night

After a three-course dinner with wine and Irish coffee, enjoy an interactive evening of traditional Irish dancing and music.

Price Range: $$

Guinness Storehouse Visit and Supper

Guinness Storehouse Visit and Supper

Guinness is known the world over - take this opportunity for a guided tour of the brewery, learn of its history, its role in Dublin life and affiliated trades. As well as the tour, enjoy a pint in the Gravity Bar and take in the 360 degree view before enjoying an Irish-themed dinner.

Price Range: $$

Edinburgh

Scottish Night with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

Scottish Night with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal followed by traditional Scottish song and dance and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Price Range: $$

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and Dinner

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and 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, and discover what life was like on board Her Majesty's floating residence. Later dinner with wine and coffee at an excellent local restaurant is included.

Price Range: $$

Paris

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Enjoy a magical evening of delectable French cuisine and the newest cabaret show at Paris' legendary Lido on the Champs-Élysées.

Price Range: $$$$

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Enter the exhilarating Belle Époque world of champagne, fine French cuisine, music, lights, thousands of glittering costumes, and an evening of Moulin Rouge cabaret you will never forget!

Price Range: $$$$

Seine River Cruise

Seine River Cruise

Enjoy a cruising experience like no other on this incredible excursion aboard a beautiful, glass-encased boat on the River Seine.

Price Range: $$$

Wine and Food Experience

Wine and Food Experience

No trip to France is complete without experiencing its wines-and these excursions will teach you the best ways to do it!

Price Range: $$

Illumination Tour with Eiffel Tower Ascent

Illumination Tour with Eiffel Tower Ascent

The nighttime magic of Paris comes to life on this enchanting guided minibus tour of the monuments that includes a skip-the-lines ascent up the Eiffel Tower!

Price Range: $$$

Private Guided Tour

Private Guided Tour

Explore the City of Light in your own way and at your own pace on this private, guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your certified Local Guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Palace of Versailles Visit

Palace of Versailles Visit

Spend part of your day like a French aristocrat, strolling through the halls and gardens of Louis XIV's opulent Palace of Versailles.

Price Range: $$

Eiffel Tower Dinner and Seine Cruise

Eiffel Tower Dinner and Seine Cruise

Fine French cuisine, the River Seine, and Paris' most famous sights illuminated are the main ingredients for one unforgettable night.

Price Range: $$$$

Hidden Treasure: From the Palais Royal to the Opera Garnier

Hidden Treasure: From the Palais Royal to the Opera Garnier

Get off the usual tourist trail on this fascinating 3-hour walking tour of the hidden treasures of Paris.

Price Range: $

Ghost and Mysteries Tour of Paris

Ghost and Mysteries Tour of Paris

When the sun goes down on the City of Light, this thrilling walking tour reveals its deepest, darkest, spine-tingling secrets.

Price Range: $$

Vintage Car Tour and Dinner on the Champs-Elysée

Vintage Car Tour and Dinner on the Champs-Elysée

Ride in a vintage car through the incredible City of Light and savor a delectable VIP dinner with wine on the famed Champs-Elysées!

Price Range: $$$$

Paris Fashion Tour

Paris Fashion Tour

From Dior to Chanel, join a fashion expert for this fascinating walking tour through the areas where Parisian haute couture began!

Price Range: $$

Paris Literature Tour

Paris Literature Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the literary world's greatest masters on this captivating walking tour to the haunts, hangouts, and death beds of these famous writers

Price Range: $$

Paris WWII Walking Tour: Occupation and Liberation

Paris WWII Walking Tour: Occupation and Liberation

Paris' tragic and inspiring WWII history comes to life during this guided walking tour. Visit Le Marais, the Jewish Quarter, and more to learn what life was like for Parisians during Nazi occupation

Price Range: $$

Historic Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

Historic Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

Tour the King of France's 18th-century wine cellar, learn about the fine art of crafting world-famous wines, and taste three different French wines-c'est magnifique!

Price Range: $

French Baking Class: Classic Macarons

French Baking Class: Classic Macarons

Learn to make perfect French macarons at this fun, hands-on cooking class.

Price Range: $$$

Claude Monet's Magnificent Giverny

Claude Monet's Magnificent Giverny

Discover a magical world of lily-adorned ponds, majestic weeping willows, artistic bridges, and a perfectly preserved pastel-pink house at Claude Monet's beloved Giverny.

Price Range: $$$

Disneyland® Paris (1 day ticket, 2 parks)

Disneyland® Paris (1 day ticket, 2 parks)

Rides, attractions, shows, characters-it all adds up to Disney magic. This fun full-day excursion gives you access to both Disneyland Paris parks. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Price Range: $$$$

Mont St. Michel with guide

Mont St. Michel with guide

Experience one of the icons of Normandy on this full-day excursion featuring a visit to the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel.

Price Range: $$$$

Guided Visit of the D-Day Landing Beaches

Guided Visit of the D-Day Landing Beaches

Spend an entire mesmerizing day in Normandy, seeing and exploring the most pivotal sites from World War II's D-Day invasion. Visit Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, and the man-made harbor at Arromanches, and reflect on the history of it all during the included lunch.

Price Range: $$$$

Guided Visit of the Somme Battlefields

Guided Visit of the Somme Battlefields

Spend a full day exploring Somme, where the terrible Battle of the Somme, the largest battle of World War I on the Western Front, occurred in 1916. See where British, Australian, and Canadian troops fought heroically when you visit Villers-Bretonneux, Péronne's moving Museum of the Great War, Thiepval's great Memorial to the Missing, and Beaumont-Hamel. A traditional lunch is included.

Price Range: $$$$

Moet and Chandon Champagne Tour

Moet and Chandon Champagne Tour

Discover the magic of French bubbly on this delightful full-day excursion into France's beautiful Champagne region that includes champagne sampling and a palate-pleasing champagne lunch-Santé!

Price Range: $$$$

Claude Monet's Giverny & Palace of Versailles

Claude Monet's Giverny & Palace of Versailles

A day of visual wonders as you enjoy artist Claude Monet's fairytale Giverny home, Louis XIV's stunning Versailles, and a delectable lunch in an 18th-century mill.

Price Range: $$$$

Bike Tour

Bike Tour

Join us for a fun pedaling and discover magnificent Paris and its surroundings!

Price Range: $$

Food Tours

Food Tours

Bring your most refined palate for this fun and interactive gourmet foodie walking tour.

Price Range: $$$

French Baking Class: Real French Croissants

French Baking Class: Real French Croissants

Join an expert French baker to learn the complicated baking process behind traditional French croissants, then bake your own and taste them during tea time!

Price Range: $$$

Morning Market Visit and French Cooking Class

Morning Market Visit and French Cooking Class

Breakfast, a little market shopping, a cooking lesson, and a delightful 3-course lunch-you can't go wrong during this enriching and delicious French cooking class!

Price Range: $$$$

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