HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN & IRELAND - 2017

15 Days - LONDON to LONDON

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Overview

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 tour through 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 Belfast, a “Living History” tour will show you the city’s famous landmarks; 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 then treated to tea and scones, and before hearing about Shakespeare’s live and times in Stratford-upon-Avon, you’ll enjoy a light lunch at the Birthplace Café. All of this - and much more, including a visit to prehistoric Stonehenge - are included on this fabulous Britain and Ireland tour.  

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration
Tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant 
Visit Shakespeare's birthplace and enjoy lunch

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- LONDON

Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral & see the Changing of the Guard, if held.

- 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
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 tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant.

- DUBLIN
Orientation drive.

- MALAHIDE
Guided tour of Malahide Castle.

- BELFAST
Visit the Titanic Experience; guided "Living History" tour.

- 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 enjoy lunch.

- BLENHEIM
Guided tour of the palace.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour except London.

- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.​

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN LONDON. ENGLAND.

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

Day 2LONDON.

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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. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. 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? (B)

Day 3LONDON - STONEHENGE - BATH - NEWPORT, WALES.

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Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE; explore the visitor centre 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 with wine at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 4NEWPORT - CARDIFF - WATERFORD, IRELAND.

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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. Sail across 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 IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (B,D)

Day 5WATERFORD - BLARNEY - KILLARNEY.

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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. (B)

Day 6KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.

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Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 161 kilometre (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)

Day 7KILLARNEY - ADARE - CASHEL - KILDARE - DUBLIN.

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Drive to quaint Adare with its colourful 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 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. (B)

Day 8DUBLIN.

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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? (B)

Day 9DUBLIN - MALAHIDE - BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.

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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 for a visit of 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. (B)

Day 10BELFAST - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.

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First thing this morning, a "LIVING HISTORY" TOUR in the company of a Local Guide. See all the famous landmarks, including the Parliament House at Stormont, City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. 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, enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)

Day 11EDINBUYRGH.

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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 0725, 0801, 0808, and 0815, tickets are included for the worldrenowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)

Day 12EDINBURGH - ALNWICK, ENGLAND - YORK.

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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. (B,D)

Day 13YORK - COVENTRY - STRATFORD - UPON -AVON.

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In Coventry, view the splendid modern cathedral that rose from the rubble of severe World War II bombings, and in Stratford-upon-Avon, take your pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, enjoy a light LUNCH, and visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE. (B,L,D)

Day 14STRATFORD - UPON - AVON - LONDON.

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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 holiday by taking in one of the great West End shows? (B)

Day 15LONDON.

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

AVAILABLE 2017 TOURS

Return Economy economy class airfare
Welcome drinks at hotel
Stay in 3 star hotel
Guided tour
Sighseeing

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