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21 Day Britain and Ireland

A wealth of history, dramatic scenery, sacred sites, legends and traditions all come together, invoking a sense of romance on this 21 day escorted journey of Britain and Ireland.

Visit iconic sites in London including the Tower of London, London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral, see the famous university city of Oxford and Stratford, William Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Travel through the heart of ‘Robin Hood Country’ to visit Lincoln Castle, York Minster in York and through the picturesque Lake District National Park to the Wordsworth’s village of Grasmere.

See Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen and Edinburgh Castle where you can view the Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg and Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

Stop at St. Andrews, Pitlochry and Inverness where you can try and spot the famous Nessie from the banks of Loch Lomond then cruise the Irish sea to Belfast.

In Dublin enjoy a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and see highlights of Dublin Castle, O’Connell Street and the Custom House, see Galway, Cliffs of Moher and the town of Limerick.

In Killarney journey around the Ring of Kerry then kiss the Stone of Eloquence at Blarney Castle before cruising the Irish seas to Pembrokeshire onto Cardiff, the capital of Wales.

Cross the Severn Bridge to the Georgian city of Bath famous for its architecture and Roman Baths built above natural hot water springs and travel to the Cornish coast to Plymouth, Torquay and rugged Dartmoor.

To conclude your tour you will see the prehistoric site of Stonehenge situated on Salisbury Plain.

 




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Tour Highlights

  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg
  • Stratford: Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you journey the magical Ring of Kerry
  • Blarney: It is said that those whose lips caress the Stone of Eloquence are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax
  • Bath: The Roman Baths have existed for over 2,000 years and are now one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world. Learn the importance of this historic site
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years
  • Lincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Your Journey Begins

Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

Day 2 - Arrive London

Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

Hotel:   The Grosvenor Hotel in London

Day 3 - London, Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon

Meet your travel director at 08:00 at The Grosvenor Hotel in London. Depart for the famous university town of Oxford with its beautiful spires. With time at leisure, why not visit the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market?

Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to shape society today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life.

Join your travel director for a warm and friendly welcome dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers during a pleasant evening.

Hotel:    Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Meals:    Dinner with Wine

Day 4 - Lincoln's Magna Carta and Medieval York

Travel through the heart of ‘Robin Hood Country’ on your way to visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England. Your exploration will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta.

Continue to York, once the Viking capital of Britain and one of England’s oldest cities predating records. Saunter along the Shambles to reach the York Minster, in the heart of this medieval gem. Your hotel lies within the walls facing Clifford’s Tower.

Hotel:    Hilton York

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - The English Lakes to Edinburgh

Drive through the Lake District National Park, a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil lakes, inspiring a host of English poets.

Stop in Wordsworth’s village of Grasmere and see the poet’s grave in the churchyard. Cross the border at Gretna Green, where runaway lovers were married and continue to the Scottish capital.

Hotel:    Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 - Scotland's Capital of Culture

Travel down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse – official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen – before crossing over to New Town. Walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town and see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.

The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street.

In the evening, select departures will attend to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums.

Hotel:    Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 - St. Andrews and Inverness

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course as you arrive where golf was born in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore, perhaps wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton finding her Prince Charming began when she and Prince William were students here. Alternately, stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous ‘Chariots of Fire’ scene was filmed.

Your travels continue as you cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Pass Culloden Moor, the scene of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite army in 1746. Stop at Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, one of the only lived-in castles in Scotland, still inhabited by the same family since the 16th century. As guests of the castle you will be treated to an authentic Farm-to-Table experience, in the tradition of Scottish Tea and Scones.

Continue on to stately Inverness, where your hotel is perfectly placed in the centre of town.

Hotel:    Columba Hotel, Inverness

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

 

Day 8 - Across the sea to Skye

Enjoy a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of Nessie in the heart of Scotland’s great glen.

Afterwards, pause for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle, set idyllically on a headland on Loch Duich. Listen to tales of Flora MacDonald and her vain defence of the Bonnie Prince as you cross over the sea to Skye.

Hotel:    Dunollie Hotel, Broadford

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 9 - Loch Lomond and Glasgow

Return to the mainland and drive to the World War II Commando Memorial in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Continue through Fort William to absorb the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, the Valley of the Weeping, where the dreadful massacre of the MacDonald’s took place in 1692. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, en route to Glasgow.

Your Travel Director will show you the city’s grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.

Hotel:   Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 10 - Across the Irish Sea to Belfast

Bid farewell to Scotland as you cross the Irish Sea and continue your journey to the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Meet your Local Expert to see the City Hall, Queen’s University and Stormont Castle.

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

Hotel:    Europa Hotel, Belfast

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 11 - Dublin City Sightseeing

Travel alongside the Mountains of Mourne before crossing the historic Boyne Valley, site of the battle where William of Orange defeated the forces of Catholic King James.

Continue to Dublin, Ireland’s ‘fair city where the girls are so pretty,’ and see O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with your Local Expert.

Hotel:    Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 - Guinness Storehouse

Experience Ireland’s national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse before it opens to the public. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.

The rest of the day is yours to shop, continue sightseeing or maybe take an optional drive to the ruined monastic site of Glendalough?

Hotel:    Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 13 - Galway, The Cliffs of Moher and Limerick

Travel west to Galway, known as the City of the Tribes. Guided by your Travel Director, for free time in this arty, bohemian city.

Cross the limestone landscape of the Burren, to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking vistas of the Clare Coast. Journey to the town of Limerick, nestled on the shores of the River Shannon.

Hotel:    The George Boutique Hotel Limerick

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 14 - The Dingle peninsula to Killarney

In the morning, your Travel Director will show you the 12th century St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone before setting off to Tralee via the picturesque thatched village of Adare.

Enjoy more spectacular scenery as you make your way through the great cliffs, wide skies and ocean views of the Dingle Peninsula to Killarney.

Hotel:    Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 15 - Ring of Kerry Experience

A delightful morning excursion will take you around the Ring of Kerry, where mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Continue through Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy Reeks, to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney.

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy. Maybe take the opportunity to ride a Jaunting Car around the lake or through the National Park?

In the evening, you are invited to choose your own dining experience from a selection of restaurants in Killarney for your Dine-Around Evening.

Hotel:    Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

 

 

Day 16 - Blarney Castle and Waterford

Visit the ruined 15th century Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence?

Continue to the walled city of Waterford and see the 11th century Reginald’s Tower. On your guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal, you will meet a master craftsman and see his fine work.

Hotel:    Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17 - Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff

From Rosslare, take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Pembroke and continuing on with a pleasant journey through the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire.

Travel past the valleys of southern Wales to the capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and the brilliant Principality Stadium.

Hotel:    Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 18 - The Roman Bath and Glastonbury

Cross the Severn Bridge to reach the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above Britain’s only thermal, mineral springs. Walk with your Travel Director through the Georgian streets and crescents. Visit the Roman Baths and see the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs.

Your journey continues to mystical Glastonbury where you will see the abbey, reputedly the legendary burial place of King Arthur. Continuing south, you soon reach the seaside town of Torquay.

Hotel:    The Imperial Torquay

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 19 - The Cornish Coast

In the morning, travel to Plymouth to see the Mayflower Steps, the Barbican, Royal Citadel and Plymouth Hoe.

Continue on to a quaint Cornish fishing village, before returning to Torquay across rugged Dartmoor.

In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner – a fitting finale to your travels.

Hotel:    The Imperial Torquay

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 20 - Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge

Start the day by crossing the Salisbury Plain and stop to visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge, the world’s most famous prehistoric monument, its true meaning lost in the mists of time.

Your escorted journey draws to a close upon your return to The Grosvenor Hotel in London.

Hotel:   The Grosvenor Hotel in London

Meals:  Buffet Breakfast

Day 21 - Homeward Bound

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

 

 

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Important Information

  • Our highly-skilled travel director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and on-board washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • You may purchase transfers from/to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival and departure days, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through us.
  • Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Departure Information

  • Departing Sundays and returning Mondays throughout the year.

Optional Experiences

Most trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers. The Optionals listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Historic Pub Walk and Supper

Join a local to hear about the importance of Belfast’s pubs through the eras, stroll through the narrow streets before reaching a Victorian alehouse to enjoy a traditional supper and drinks.

Titanic Experience

Follow the story of this ill-fated ship and her people, from the launch in this very city. Explore the exhibition in this stunning award-winning building, on the former site of the shipyard where Titanic was built.

Pub Dinner

Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and cosy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal featuring freshly cooked traditional British food.

Cardiff Castle Tour

Take a look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in the 1800s have been described as outrageous to opulent, bogus to brilliant and some even say the architect, William Burgess, smoked his opium pipe too much! His influences include Arab and Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales and even Aesop’s fables. In addition, we can walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

Welsh Evening at Millennium Centre

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at the stunning Welsh Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Enjoy a traditional and locally-sourced three-course meal whilst being entertained by Welsh stories, enchanting music and renowned Welsh singers.

Irish Countryside and Glendalough

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow – the garden of Ireland. Pass through the pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. After exploring the monastic remains return to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Dinner and Irish Cabaret

Over an excellent dinner of quality Irish food, enjoy a nonstop show of comedy, dance, song and music. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.

Dublin Dinner

Join us for some warm Irish hospitality a three course dinner in a family run pub, that was formerly the haunt of nobility and notorious highwaymen. Lovely exposed brick walls and dark wood make for a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy your hearty pub meal.

An Epic Voyage

Stroll with your tour director along the Banks of the Liffey to view the historic architecture of Custom House Quay, including the Triumphal Arch of 1813 and the ever poignant Famine Memorial statues. Enter the two-century-old Vaults, for an exclusive reception of canapés and drinks, before touring “Epic”. Here, walk with your ancestors to hear how the emigrating Irish influenced the four corners of the world and modern life as we know it.

Dinner in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Tour Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join your fellow companions for a fun evening out in this vibrant city. Visit a prized local restaurant for a delicious three course dinner with a glass or wine, beer or soft drink included.

Scottish Dinner and Cabaret

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You’ll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!

Royal Yacht Britannia

This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world’s most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Edinburgh’s Most Haunted

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh’s old town as never seen before! We’ll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.

Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow’s vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night. This meal may be offered as a lunch.

Jaunting Car Ride

Clip-clop your way through the charming streets of Killarney into the beautiful Bourne Vincent National Park. A local “jarvie” informs you of the local history, legend and folklore aboard one of the famous jaunting cars.

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Shannon Castle Banquet

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you’re making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You’ll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Join us for a pleasant cruise around the harbour of this most famous seaport. Your skipper provides all the informative commentary as you enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe, site of Drake’s legendary game of bowls. View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships weighed anchor for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland. Continue into the Royal Navy Dockyard for a chance to see some of the more modern vessels of the Royal Navy.

Isle of Skye Tour

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a local expert. Hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean island, steeped in myth and legend. While touring the ‘Isle of Mist’ see the Old Man of Storr, the red and black Cuillin Mountains, KiltRrock, and picturesque Portree, the largest town on the Island. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Waterford Walking Tour

Join an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining historian for a walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. Meet a range of colourful characters and learn about the town’s history from the arrival of the Vikings through to British rule as you stroll to various key sights. Afterwards, rub shoulders with the locals with a drink in a typical pub.



FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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