Highlights of Britain & Ireland (GK)

15 Day Tour from London to London

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On your escorted Britain and Ireland tour, you’ll see bustling cities and charming small towns as you travel to magnificent palaces, castles, and ancient ruins. Traveling through the land of queens, kings, and leprechauns, you’ll begin and end your escorted tour of Britain and Ireland in London as you embark to Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England.

You’ll visit some of the splendid castles and palaces for which Britain and Ireland are famous. You’ll stroll through the gardens and tour Malahide Castle, one of the oldest castles in Ireland and home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. In Edinburgh visit Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels, and Holyrood Palace, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Finally, enjoy a tour through majestic Blenheim Palace, built in the early 18th century and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

On this guided tour through Britain and Ireland, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing in many of the cities with Local Guides—experts from the area who will give you in-depth, insider knowledge of the cities and their attractions. In London, your sightseeing includes a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral; in Waterford you’ll see the highly-skilled artisan glass-makers at work; and in Edinburgh your sightseeing includes both the “New Town” and “Old Town.”

Additionally, at the National Irish Stud in Kildare, you’ll be shown some of the most magnificent horses in the British Isles. You’ll be treated to tea and scones, and enjoy a light lunch the Birthplace Café before learning about Shakespeare’s life and times in Stratford-upon-Avon. All of this, including a visit to prehistoric Stonehenge, is included on this fabulous Britain and Ireland escorted tour.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral
STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument
BATH
Visit the Roman relics
NEWPORT
Welcome dinner
CARDIFF
Orientation drive
FISHGUARD–ROSSLARE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry
WATERFORD
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
BLARNEY
Visit the famous village
KILLARNEY
Visit the popular resort town
RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive
ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages
KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant
DUBLIN
Orientation drive
MALAHIDE
Guided tour of Malahide Castle
BELFAST
Orientation drive; visit the Titanic Experience
BELFAST–CAIRNRYAN
Cross the North Channel by ferry
EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
YORK
Walking tour, visit York Minster
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy lunch
BLENHEIM
Guided tour of the palace

Headsets throughout the tour except London.

Notes:

  • June 19 Departure – Stonehenge will be closed due to Summer Solstice and a visit to Salisbury Cathedral will be included instead.
  • July 24, 31 August 7, and 14 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
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
  • Stonehenge
  • Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 4 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 are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2 LONDON

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. The highlight is a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. 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 Breakfast

Day 3 LONDON–STONEHENGE–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE; explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument up close. In the elegant Georgian city of Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Cross the Severn River into Wales, and tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 4 NEWPORT–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. Cross 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 Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 5 WATERFORD–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 Breakfast

Day 6 KILLARNEY. 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 Breakfast

Day 7 KILLARNEY–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. After your guided tour, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TEA and SCONES at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 DUBLIN

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 Breakfast

Day 9 DUBLIN–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, where an orientation drive takes in all the famous landmarks, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. Then, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE, where you learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 BELFAST–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Enjoy a leisurely morning before you board the 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 Breakfast

Day 11 EDINBURGH

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the 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, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0724, 0731, 0807, and 0814, tickets are included for the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 EDINBURGH–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 Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 13 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, the 500-year-old farmhouse where the Bard courted his future wife. Then, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a light LUNCH and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE, where he grew up and lived the first years of his married life.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch
DinnerDinner

Day 14 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON

Today’s highlight is a guided tour of magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. 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 Breakfast

Day 15 LONDON

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

London
Newport
Waterford
Killarney
Dublin
Belfast
Edinburgh
York
Stratford - upon - Avon

 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).

Price Ranges

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


London
Killarney
Dublin
Edinburgh
Stratford - upon - Avon

London

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

A traditional dining experience followed by a nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.

Price Range: $$

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

A thousand years of royal history await at Windsor Castle on this fascinating peek behind the scenes at the Queen's favorite castle.

Price Range: $$

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Visit Buckingham Palace's impressive Royal Mews to see the Royal Family's magnificent Gold State Coach, then step inside the palace itself to explore more than 20 of its grandest rooms.

Price Range: $$

Shownight

Shownight

A wonderful escorted evening in London's theater district starts with a delicious dinner, followed by excellent seats at your chosen show.

Price Range: $$$$

Killarney

Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre Performance

Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre Performance

Irish entertainment in its purest form. Drawing upon a rich tradition of storytelling and plays; music, dance and the Irish language help convey the drama of the story and performance. This is all preceded by a three-course dinner served with a glass of wine.

Price Range: $$

Jaunting Car Ride

Jaunting Car Ride

A horse drawn carriage ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. A beautiful location beside the lake, amongst stunning scenery, with informed and fun local banter!

Price Range: $

Pub Evening

Pub Evening

Live music, Irish 'craic', two drinks of your choice and maybe a chat with the locals await you on this pre-dinner excursion to a country pub.

Price Range: $

Dublin

Taylors Irish Cabaret

Taylors Irish Cabaret

A long established ever popular evening that brings together a wonderful mix of great Irish dancing, ballad singing and folk groups, and comedy. This is preceded by a three-course dinner, a drink of your choice, and an Irish coffee.

Price Range: $$

Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper

Guinness Storehouse Visit & 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 Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

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 with dinner, wine and a show featuring singers, dancers, bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Price Range: $$

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner

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, 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: $$

Stratford - upon - Avon

Scenic Cotswolds drive and pub visit

Scenic Cotswolds drive and pub visit

A drive into the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds Hills with its villages of distinctive local yellow limestone cottages and thatched roofs, complimented by two drinks at a typical pub.

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: $2,520*
12 guests in a party: $1,327*

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 both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. 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.

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