Romantic Britain And Ireland (Summer 2018)
A wealth of history, dramatic scenery, sacred sites, legends and traditions all come together, invoking a sense of romance on this escorted journey.
Additional Included Highlights
Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town. York: See the city walls, York Minster, Clifford's Tower and the medieval Shambles. Lake District: Visit William Wordsworth’s grave in Grasmere. Edinburgh: Walk the Royal Mile and see the Palace of Holyroodhouse before and continuing to the 18 century New Town. St Andrews: Visit the town where Prince William met Kate MiddletonSee the Old Course where golf was invented. Pitlochry: Visit the town famous for its salmon leap. Loch Duich: See the Eilean Donan Castle. Fort William: See the World War II Commando Memorial and Ben Nevis. Glasgow: Your Travel Director will show you George Square, St Mungo's Cathedral and other grand public buildings of the city. Troon: Cross the Irish Sea by ferry to reach Northern Ireland. Galway: See the cathedral, Lynch Memorial, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Limerick: See King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral. Adare: See the main street lined with thatched cottages. Waterford: See Reginald’s Tower and the ruined city walls. Rosslare: Board a ferry to once again cross the Irish Sea, heading to Wales. Cardiff: See the castle and Principality Stadium. Bath: Admire the fine Georgian architecture. Glastonbury: View the abbey where King Arthur is allegedly buried. Plymouth: See Plymouth Hoe, the Royal Citadel, the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. Scenic drives: Cotswolds, Lake District National Park, Highlands, Loch Ness, Loch Duich, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Mountains of Mourne, Boyne Valley, the Burren, Dingle Penisula, Ring of Kerry, MacGillicuddy Reeks mountain range, Pembrokeshire, the valleys of south Wales, Severn Bridge, Dartmoor.
Dublin: Before the crowds, visit the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.Torquay: Blend a little wine with great cuisine and good company for a rousing end of tour Celebration Dinner.Ballindalloch: Visit one of the few remaining inhabited castle's of Scotland and be treated to a Farm-to-Table Scottish Tea and Scones.Dining Summary:: 17 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 5 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
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.
Signature And Highlight Hotels
Torquay: The Imperial Torquay is perched on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel and was a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who wrote about it in several of her novels.Belfast: The Europa Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre and offers elegant décor, a contemporary bistro and a relaxing piano bar.
Top Rated Highlights
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, still used as a center for bathing and socialising.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.Belfast: See City Hall, Queen's University and Stormont Castle with your Local Expert.Dublin: You Local Expert will show you famous O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Additional five Star Services
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 Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard 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 specialty 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 Insight Vacations
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From the lively cities to the breathtaking scenery, you?ll discover the best of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland on this in-depth, budget-minded vacation in Britain and Ireland.Britain and Ireland are known for their breathtaking scenery, and this tour will not disappoint. You?ll see 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; Llanberis Pass-with its rugged natural beauty-in Wales? Snowdonia National Park; England?s tranquil Lake District; Brecon Beacons National Park, with its dramatic landscapes; and the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland?s most spectacular scenery. Enjoy time in the Scottish Highlands, filled with dramatic landscapes, rolling farmland, picturesque seaside towns, and beautiful lochs (lakes).Britain and Ireland are also known for their picturesque and historic towns. On this affordable Britain and Ireland tour, you?ll visit many of these towns, including Oxford, home to some of England?s most famous colleges; Stratford-upon-Avon, where you?ll get a glimpse into life in 16th-century England in Shakespeare?s hometown; York, England’s most complete medieval city with its cobbled streets and the magnificent York Minster, England?s largest gothic cathedral; Berwick-upon-Tweed, a peaceful coastal town with a turbulent past; Strathpeffer, known in its heyday as an European health resort; Looe, a pretty fishing village; the seaside town of Tramore; Bath, known for the excavations of Roman baths used for bathing and socializing 2,000 years ago; and many more. You?ll also visit the capitals-London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Dublin, and Belfast. These are just some of the many highlights of this budget travel package through the British Isles. For value-minded vacationers, this is the perfect way to see England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland!Included Features:Visits to Hampton Court Palace Gardens, Shakespeare?s Stratford-upon-Avon, Berwick-upon-Tweed, North Berwick, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departure numbers July 29 through August 19), St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Culloden Moor, Inverness, Ullapool, Fort William, Alloway, Belfast, Giant?s Causeway, Derry, Belleek Pottery, W.B. Yeats? burial place, Sligo, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney, Waterford, Avoca handweaving mill, Glendalough, Llangollen, Builth Wells, Bath, Glastonbury, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Plymouth, Looe, Stonehenge, Brighton; orientation drives in Glasgow, Dublin, Cardiff; walking tours in Oxford, YorkCotswold Hills, Scottish Lowlands and Highlands, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Northern Ireland?s Antrim Coast, The Burren, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney, Snowdonia National Park, Brecon Beacons National Park, Dartmoor National Park, Salisbury Plain
Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and energetic cities-all of this awaits you on this fabulous escorted tour of Britain and Ireland. Your guided tour starts and ends in London with overnights in between in Newport, Wales; Waterford and Dublin in Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and York, England.
Fans of castles will enjoy the visit to Cardiff Castle, dating back over 2,000 years. Hear about its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts, and see its fairytale towers. You’ll also visit Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century and today home to the Crown Jewels; and Kilkenny Castle, in Ireland, built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. Even older than these castles are the Roman baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD and today one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. You’ll visit Stonehenge as well on your Essential Britain & Ireland tour.
You’ll also visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford, where you’ll see the highly-skilled craftsmen at work in the production of this famous crystal.
Globus has also included special experiences for you throughout this tour. For example, you’ll enjoy a traditional Irish Coffee demonstration in Waterford and a light lunch in charming Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s just another way Globus brings these destinations to life. Then, at the conclusion of your escorted tour, travel via the high-speed Eurostar train to Paris for three overnights, plenty of leisure time, and guided sightseeing that includes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. All vacation package services in Paris, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Globus.
Visit the prehistoric monument
Visit the Roman relics
Orientation drive, guided tour of Cardiff Castle
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry
Enjoy an [LF] Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
Visit Kilkenny Castle
Cross the North Channel by ferry
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle
Take pictures of the abbey ruins
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and [LF] enjoy lunch
By high-speed Eurostar Train
Guided sightseeing, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre
Wonders Of Britain And Ireland Summer 2018
Inspiring tales of ancient history, monuments and magical landscapes, world-famous poets and writers. Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will surely feature a Blarney Stone kiss, swig or two of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District followed by a fitting Shakespearean ending in Stratford-upon-Avon.
City tour in London, Dublin and EdinburghScenic drive around the Ring of KerryOrientation of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and OxfordSee the Lake District's magnificent scenery and the famous colleges of OxfordView the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at BladonVisit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, the town of Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
14 full breakfasts
5 dinners (including Be My Guest)
First class travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
The services of a Brendan Vacations Local Host at your London hotel
Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
VIP entry to many sights
England, Scotland & Wales
Our tours of England, Scotland & Wales feature the best that the British Isles have to offer: Scottish castles; tastings of whisky, ale and Welsh farm-to-table cuisine; Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford; lunch at The Pump Room in Bath's Roman-era baths complex; 3 nights at London's stylish The Savoy, dinner with a former member of Parliament and a choice of live theatre performances… just a few of the fabulous experiences you'll enjoy when you explore the British Isles with Tauck. Discover royal history & architectural treasures in Edinburgh, Stirling, Caernarfon, Blenheim & Windsor… ancient roots at Hadrian's Wall, Wales' walled cities, Stonehenge & Bath's Roman Baths… literary history and learned traditions in Shottery, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon… tasting discoveries such as Scottish whisky and a showcase of traditional Welsh foods… and multiple-night stays in each destination. Select 2018 small group departures, specially priced, include an exclusive farewell evening presentation in London by Carolyn Robb, co-founder of The Royal Touch and former Executive Chef to the royal household of TRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana; see Pricing & Availabilty for details.
Scottish castles; tastings of whisky & Welsh farm-to-table cuisine; Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford; lunch at The Pump Room in Bath's Roman-era baths complex; 3 nights at London's stylish The Savoy, dinner with a former member of Parliament & a choice of live theatre performances, Royal history & architectural treasures: Edinburgh, Stirling, Caernarfon, Blenheim & Windsor, Ancient roots: Wales' walled cities, Stonehenge & Bath's Roman Baths
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