Highlights of Britain & Ireland 2019 - 15 days from London to London

Highlights of Britain & Ireland 2019

15 days from London to London

Starting at $3,362


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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On this Britain and Ireland tour, you’ll see Britain’s & Ireland’s highlights— from the bustling cities to the small towns and from the magnificent palaces and castles to the ancient ruins. Traveling through the lands of queens, kings, and leprechauns, begin and end in London and pass through 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 visit to majestic Blenheim Palace, built in the early 18th century and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

On this 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, and you'll hear about Shakespeare’s live and times in Stratford-upon-Avon.

You will also learn how to make a traditional Irish coffee and savor a pub dinner in the beautiful Cotswolds. All of this—and much more, including a visit to prehistoric Stonehenge—are included on this fabulous Britain and Ireland tour.


Destination & 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–ROSSLARECross St. George’s Channel by ferry
WATERFORD [LF] 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 KERRYScenic peninsula drive
ADARE Admire the thatched cottages
KILDARE Guided tour of the Irish National Stud
DUBLIN Orientation drive
MALAHIDE Guided tour of Malahide Castle
BELFAST Orientation drive; visit the Titanic Experience
BELFAST–CAIRNRYANCross the North Channel by ferry
EDINBURGH Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
YORK Walking tour, visit York Minster
STRATFORD-UPON-AVONTake pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace
COTSWOLDS Enjoy [LF] dinner at local pub
BLENHEIM Visit the palace
Headsets throughout the tour except London.
Notes:
  • July 23 through August 13 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included
Transportation:
Motorcoach; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

MEALS

Full English breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport plus 1 dinner at a local pub in the Cotswolds

ITINERARY

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 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. 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?
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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. (B,D)
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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 [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION
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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 and tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre
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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. (B)
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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. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter
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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?
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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, MALAHIDE CASTLE is your first visit today. 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 Queen’s 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
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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
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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,” visit 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 July 23 through August 13, tickets are included for the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO
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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
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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, 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 [LF] DINNER at a local pub
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Day 14 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON.
Today’s highlight is the visit to 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?
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Day 15 LONDON.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

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