Travelling through the small towns and larger cities, this Britain and Ireland tour is our most complete view of the British Isles. On any tour through Britain and Ireland you’d expect to visit ancient ruins, majestic castles and palaces, magnificent cathedrals, and historical sights. That’s why Globus has included visitations to prehistoric Stonehenge; the ancient Roman ruins in Bath; Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century; Holyrood Palace, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland; Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited castle; Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; Cawdor Castle, the romantic castle dating to the 14th century; Royal Pavilion, an exotic palace built in the early 1800s; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece; and Canterbury Cathedral, to where pilgrims have made their way since the Middle Ages.
You’d also expect lush landscapes and breathtaking scenery. That’s why Globus has included a photo stop at England’s breathtaking Land’s End; a drive on the 100-mile Ring of Kerry, with its rugged and magnificent landscapes; stunning scenery on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula; the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher; Northern Ireland’s awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, formed millions of years ago; a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park in Wales; England’s tranquil Lake District; the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland’s best scenery; and much more.
What you may not expect on a Britain and Ireland tour are special and unique experiences. That’s where Globus is different and has included them. For example, you’ll enjoy a cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors, and you’ll have fun joining the locals for dinner and traditional Irish music at a local pub in Killarney.
DAY BY DAY
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. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. (B)
Day 3 – London – Canterbury – Brighton
Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart London at 8 am. Drive through the orchards of Kent to visit CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, where you hear about the Black Prince and Thomas a Becket. Then, in the Regency seaside resort of Brighton, tour the exotic ROYAL PAVILION, built for the Prince Regent in the early 1800s. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 4 – Brighton – Stonehenge – Plymouth
This morning, visit prehistoric STONEHENGE and its visitor centre before travelling through Salisbury Plain and along the Dartmoor National Park to Plymouth. Upon arrival, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. This evening, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub? (B)
Day 5 – Plymouth – Cornwall Excursion
A day full of West Country sights as you head through Cornwall, of Poldark fame. After viewing St. Michael’s Mount, rising boldly out of the sea, take photos at Land’s End before exploring the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers with a CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbours. You will also have time at the historic Plymouth Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps. (B,D)
Day 6 – Plymouth Glastonbury – Bath – Newport/Wales
In Glastonbury, hear about King Arthur, and in Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Overnight is in Newport. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight? (B)
Day 7 – Newport – Brecon – Carmarthen – Waterford, Ireland
Your journey through Wales takes you north along the Usk Valley and through Brecon, a historical market town in the Brecon Beacons National Park, to Carmarthen and then to Fishguard. Cross St. George’s Channel to Rosslare in Ireland and proceed to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner, enjoy an IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (B,D)
Day 8 – Waterford – Blarney – Killarney
Start your day with a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. Then, in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, there is time to walk up to the castle and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts before continuing to the popular resort town of Killarney, your County Kerry base for the next three nights. (B,D)
Day 9 – At Leisure in Killarney
A full day to relax or join our optional excursion that includes a horsedrawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, and a boat ride to Innisfallen Abbey and across the lakes to Muckross House. After lunch on your own, the excursion continues with a visit to the house and gardens, returning to your hotel mid-afternoon. Later, walk to Scruffys pub for DINNER and join the locals in an evening full of live, traditional Irish music. (B,D)
Day 10 – Killarney – Ring of Kerry Excursion
Start a scenic day with a drive to Killorglin on Dingle Bay, and join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 161 kilometre (100 mile) panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. How about joining an entertaining optional evening in Tralee, with dinner and tickets for the National Folk Theatre? (B)
Day 11 – Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare – Limerick
Breathtaking scenery on Dingle Peninsula. At the BLASKET ISLANDS CENTRE, learn about the way of life on the remote islands evacuated by its inhabitants in 1953. Via quaint Adare, head for the city of Limerick. Tonight’s optional recommendation: a medieval banquet. (B)
Day 12 – Limerick – Cliffs Of Moher – Galway – Knock – Drumcliff – Bundoran
Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 203 metres (668 feet) above the Atlantic. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren and Galway-a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with cobblestone streets, colourful shops, and a busy cafe and bar culture-reach Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Before arriving at your overnight destination, visit the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff. (B,D)
Day 13 – Sligo – Drumcliff – Belleek, Northern Ireland – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast
A fascinating day today: BELLEEK POTTERY, renowned for its exquisite Parian china; Derry, one of the finest examples of a walled city; and aweinspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast. (B,D)
Day 14 – Belfast – Downpatrick – Dublin, Ireland
This morning’s highlights are a “living history” orientation drive with a Local Guide and a visit to the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE. Learn all about the building of the largest passenger steamship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Travel to Downpatrick and visit the inspiring SAINT PATRICK CENTRE before you drive back again into the Republic. Why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter? (B)
Day 15 – Dublin
Your orientation drive in the “Fair 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. Top the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse. (B)
Day 16 – Dublin – North Wales – Liverpool, England
Back across the Irish Sea for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair…, on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey, a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, over spectacular Llanberis Pass, and via pretty Betws-y-Coed to Liverpool. (B)
Day 17 – Liverpool – Grasmere – Gretna Green, Scotland – Glasgow
Start the day with a visit to the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Enter the tranquil Lake District, and in Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, try original GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Overnight is in Glasgow. (B,D)
Day 18 – Glasgow – Fort William – Isle Of Skye – Inverness
Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William, and follow the “Road to the Isles” to Mallaig, where you board your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye. Visit the MUSEUM OF THE ISLES, then return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to Inverness. (B,D)
Day 19 – Inverness. Highlands Excursion
Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. Stop first at CLAVA CAIRNS, featured in the popular TV series Outlander and one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sites with three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, visit CAWDOR CASTLE, set in stunning grounds with beautiful gardens, and home to the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch. (B)
Day 20 – Inverness – Braemar – St. Andrews – Edinburgh
Main features today: the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry; St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect residence for glittering state visits and family holidays, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers 0717 through 0807, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
Day 21 – Edinburgh
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” as well as the “Old Town.” Drive up the narrow Royal Mile to visit EDINBURGH CASTLE, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
Day 22 – Edinburgh – Jedburgh – York, England
This morning, visit FLOORS CASTLE, the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s family home and the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Then, in York, England’s most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B,D)
Day 23 – York – Coventry – Stratford – Upon – Avon
In Coventry, view the splendid modern cathedral, which rose from the rubble of severe World War II bombings, and in Stratford-upon-Avon, take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. (B,D)
Day 24 – Stratford – Upon – Avon – London
A final highlight: enjoy a guided tour of magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and there is also time to explore the landscaped parkland. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your holiday by taking in a West End show? (B)
Day 25 – London
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
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