The Best of the British Isles (GL)

20 Day Tour from London to London

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From the lively cities to the breathtaking scenery, discover the very best of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland on this British Isles tour. You’ll have 2-night stays in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Limerick and Exeter as well as an overnight in Warwick, York, Inverness, Glasgow, Liverpool, Killarney, Waterford and Cardiff. You’ll visit some of Britain’s famous castles and palaces, including a special pre-public-opening guided tour of Warwick Castle and its 11 centuries of history. You’ll see Edinburgh Castle – home of the Scottish Crown Jewels – and the Queen’s official Scottish residence at Holyrood Palace (when available).

You’ll also witness spectacular scenery on this British Isles escorted tour! You’ll cruise on Scotland’s Loch Lomond, pass through England’s beautiful Lake District and visit the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher, with its breathtaking views of rugged cliffs above the sea. Travel the Ring of Kerry for a 100-mile panoramic drive through rugged and magnificent landscapes, and drive through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in Wales. You’ll also cruise on one of the world’s great natural harbors at Plymouth Sound.

You’ll enjoy visiting charming British towns, such as Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon, the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry, as well as a Cornish fishing village and the Roman Baths and ruins.

You’ll enjoy many pleasures, such as afternoon tea at a 150-year-old farmhouse in Ireland and a light lunch at Abbotsford House, Sir Walter Scott’s home in Scotland. All of this and much more await you on this fabulous British Isles escorted tour.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral
OXFORD
Walking tour
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace
WARWICK
Welcome dinner; private pre-public-opening guided tour of the castle
YORK
Walking tour
ABBOTSFORD
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Light lunch and guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house
EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
PITLOCHRY
Visit the Victorian mountain resort
CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center
FORT WILLIAM
Guided tour of the Ben Nevis whisky distillery
LOCH LOMOND
Cruise the loch in a private boat
LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story
HOLYHEAD–DUBLIN
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry
DUBLIN
Orientation drive
KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud
LIMERICK
Orientation drive
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
RATHBAUN FARM
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit and Afternoon Tea
RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive
WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
ROSSLARE–PEMBROKE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry
BATH
Visit the Roman relics
DARTMOOR
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Dinner at a local pub
CORNWALL
Visit the fishing village of Looe and Plymouth, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Plymouth Sound cruise
STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

Headsets throughout the tour except London.

Notes:

  • July 31 through August 21 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

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

  • City of Bath
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
  • Stonehenge
  • Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church
  • The English Lake District
  • The English Lake District

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private cruise on Loch Lomond; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Rosslare-Pembroke. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 7 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Warwick plus 1 dinner at a local pub in Dartmoor

 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, 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 Windsor Castle or the Tower of London, and later, maybe an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 LONDON–OXFORD–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–WARWICK

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart London at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing. Drive through Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215, and then enjoy a walking tour through Oxford to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education. At Stratford-upon-Avon, visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE and take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 4 WARWICK–YORK

A spectacular start to the day with a special, pre-public-opening guided tour of magnificent WARWICK CASTLE. Marvel at the opulent Great Hall and State Rooms, and visit the former private apartments. Later, in York, stand in awe in front of the great Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.

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Day 5 YORK–JEDBURGH, SCOTLAND–ABBOTSFORD–EDINBURGH

See a section of Hadrian’s Wall, and in Jedburgh, take pictures of the abbey ruins. Then, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a light LUNCH at Ochiltree’s Dining before taking a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s ABBOTSFORD HOUSE. Spend the next two nights in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. For departure numbers 0731 through 0821, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

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Day 6 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 experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 EDINBURGH–ST. ANDREWS–PITLOCHRY–CULLODEN–INVERNESS

Drive over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing. Then, through Dundee and the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry to the CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, where you hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Overnight at Inverness, the Highland capital.

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Day 8 INVERNESS–FORT WILLIAM–GLASGOW

A day of glorious Highland scenery begins with a drive along the shores of Loch Ness, looking out for its mysterious monster. Then, at BEN NEVIS WHISKY DISTILLERY, discover the art of converting barley, water, and yeast into a heart-warming liquor. Along Loch Linnhe, over haunting Glen Coe, and across wild Rannoch Moor, you reach the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond for a CRUISE on the loch before heading south to Glasgow.

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Day 9 GLASGOW–GRETNA GREEN–LAKE DISTRICT, ENGLAND–LIVERPOOL

On the way through the Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Pause in the beautiful Lake District, recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, and in Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 LIVERPOOL–NORTH WALES–DUBLIN, IRELAND

Cross the border into North Wales and drive to lovely Betws-y-Coed and through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park. After a stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair..., board your FERRY at Holyhead for the crossing to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 DUBLIN

An orientation drive in the Irish capital 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 enjoy the vibrant city. Maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–LIMERICK

Across the Curragh to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare. On the way to Limerick, see the Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, and on arrival, an orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Tonight, you might like to join an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 LIMERICK. WEST COAST EXCURSION

A breathtaking view of the Clare coast from the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, then a drive across the limestone plateau of The Burren to the port city of Galway. Next, a special treat at RATHBAUN FARM: watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog. Then, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TRADITIONAL TEA in the 150-year-old farmhouse.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 LIMERICK–ADARE–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY

Via quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages and Killorglin on Dingle Bay, join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Later, you might like to take an optional jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park, with glorious views of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle.

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Day 15 KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD

Morning visit to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, where you join a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL.

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Day 16 WATERFORD–CARDIFF, WALES

By FERRY from Rosslare, cross St. George’s Channel to Pembroke and drive through South Wales. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17 CARDIFF–BATH, ENGLAND–DARTMOOR–EXETER

First this morning, travel to the elegant Georgian city of Bath to see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. You will also have time to explore the town further on your own. Then, head into wild and romantic Dartmoor for a tasty Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DINNER at a local pub. The next two nights are spent in Exeter.

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Day 18 EXETER. CORNWALL EXCURSION

Today’s excursion takes you to Cornwall, of Poldark fame, and to the pretty fishing village and former smuggler’s port of Looe. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers 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 before returning to Exeter.

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Day 19 EXETER–STONEHENGE–LONDON

For the finale of your journey, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE and try to unravel its mystery. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Return to London around 4 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 20 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.

TRICIA WILLIAMSON

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

What I love most is the magnificent scenery of the British Isles, the pleasure of being able to show travelers evidence of our long and varied history, and the opportunity to meet so many interesting people; both the travelers themselves and the people we encounter at the many stops along the way!

Tour Director - TRICIA WILLIAMSON

 Accommodations

London
Warwick
York
Edinburgh
Inverness
Glasgow
Liverpool
Dublin
Limerick
Killarney
Waterford
Cardiff
Exeter
London

 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
Edinburgh
Dublin
Limerick
Killarney
Waterford
Cardiff

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: $$

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: $$$$

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: $$

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: $$

Limerick

Knappogue Castle Banquet

Knappogue Castle Banquet

Set within a 15th century castle, costumed entertainers welcome you with a goblet of mead before serving a four-course dinner with wine. What follows is a repertoire of songs, and music provided by a harpist and violinist, featuring many of the great tunes of Ireland.

Price Range: $$

Irish Evening at Bunratty Folk Park

Irish Evening at Bunratty Folk Park

In the shadow of Bunratty Castle, within the setting of the folk park and drawing upon the themes of a ceili, a traditional celebration is marked by good food, good wine and great entertainment.

Price Range: $$

Killarney

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: $

Waterford

Pub Evening

Pub Evening

For local Irish flavor, take a scenic drive to a traditional pub with a local musician ready to entertain you and give you wonderful memories of this beautiful country. Two drinks of your choice are included.

Price Range: $

Cardiff

Welsh Evening

Welsh Evening

Experience Welsh culture at its finest during this delightful evening of food, wine, and traditional entertainment.

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: $3,157*
12 guests in a party: $1,622*

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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