Britain & Ireland in Depth (GT)

24 days from London to London

2020 Tour Details

Traveling 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 visits to prehistoric Stonehenge; the ancient Roman ruins in Bath; Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century; Holyrood Palace (when available), The Queen’s official residence in Scotland; Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited castle; Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; Brodie Castle with its outstanding art collection and magnificent library; and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece.

You’d also expect lush landscapes and breathtaking scenery. That’s why Globus has included a cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors; 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 traditional Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford; you’ll have fun joining the locals for dinner and traditional Irish music at a local pub in Killarney and the beautiful Cotswolds.

Castles, palaces, cathedrals, ancient sights, breath-taking scenery, special treats, and so much more are offered on this in-depth Britain and Ireland tour. A vacation of a lifetime!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

DARTMOOR
Visit Widecombe-in-the-Moor

PLYMOUTH
Welcome dinner, see the Mayflower Steps; [LF] Plymouth Sound cruise

CORNWALL
Take pictures of St. Michael’s Mount, visit St. Ives

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

FISHGUARD-ROSSLARE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry

WATERFORD
[LF] Enjoy an Irish Coffee; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

KILLARNEY
[LF] Enjoy dinner and music at Scruffys pub

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

DINGLE PENINSULA
Visit the Blasket Islands Centre

ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

BELLEEK
Guided tour of the pottery

COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant’s Causeway

BELFAST
Orientation drive, visit the Titanic Experience

CARLINGFORD
Visit the medieval town

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

DUBLIN–HOLYHEAD
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry

LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story

GRASMERE
[LF] Try original Grasmere gingerbread

MALLAIG–ARMADALE
Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry

ISLE OF SKYE
Visit the Museum of the Isles

INVERNESS
Visit the Highland capital

CLAVA CAIRNS
Visit the sacred prehistoric site featured in Outlander

CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center

BRODIE
Visit the castle

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace (excluding August and other occasional dates)

FLOORS
Visit the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s castle

YORK
Walking tour

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace

COTSWOLDS
Enjoy [LF] dinner at a local pub

BLENHEIM
Visit the palace

Notes:

  • July 21 through August 11 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Dublin-Holyhead, Mallaig-Armadale.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 8 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Plymouth, plus a dinner at a local pub in Killarney, and in the Cotswolds

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

LONDON–STONEHENGE–DARTMOOR–PLYMOUTH. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart London at 8 am. First, visit prehistoric STONEHENGE and its visitor center before traveling through Salisbury Plain into Dartmoor. Stop in Widecombe-in-the-Moor with its prominent church, cozy tea rooms, and lively pubs before arriving in Plymouth, where you will spend the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 227 mi / 352 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

PLYMOUTH. CORNWALL EXCURSION. A day full of West Country sights as you head through Cornwall, of Poldark fame. After viewing St. Michael’s Mount, take time to explore the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers who boarded The Mayflower 400 years ago, with a [LF] CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. You will also have time at the historic Plymouth Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps.
Today’s Distance: 161 mi / 255 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES. In Glastonbury, hear about King Arthur, and in Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Overnight in Newport. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight?
Today’s Distance: 167 mi / 267 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

NEWPORT–WATERFORD, IRELAND. Your journey through South Wales takes you 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 [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Today’s Distance: 183 mi / 294 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY. WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY. (Mon.) 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. How about joining an entertaining optional evening in Tralee, with dinner and tickets for the National Folk Theatre?
Today’s Distance: 133 mi / 214 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

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 Scruffy’s pub for [LF] DINNER and join the locals in an evening full of live, traditional Irish music.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION. KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION. (Wed.) Start a scenic day with a drive to Killorglin on Dingle Bay, and join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before returning to Killarney.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 159 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

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 at an historic castle.
Today’s Distance: 160 mi / 257 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO. Drive to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic, and step on to the edge of the world to admire the aweinspiring views and watch the birds glide along the rugged cliffs. Then, via the desolate limestone plateau of The Burren, head to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with cobblestone streets, colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Your overnight destination is Sligo, a coastal seaport known for its literary heritage. Before dinner, you might want to join an optional excursion to a local pub.
Today’s Distance: 167 mi / 270 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

SLIGO–BELLEEK, NORTHERN IRELAND–DERRY–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.
Today’s Distance: 227 mi / 352 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

BELFAST–CARLINGFORD–DUBLIN, IRELAND. First thing this morning, your Tour Director will show you Belfast’s main attractions during an orientation drive, ending at the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE. Learn about the building of the largest passenger steamship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Then stop in the charming village of Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula, known for its oyster farms and medieval buildings, before heading for Dublin. Why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter?
Today’s Distance: 128 mi / 206 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

DUBLIN–NORTH WALES–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. Back across the Irish Sea for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. On the Welsh Isle of Anglesey, take a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, head over spectacular Llanberis Pass, and via pretty Betws-y-Coed to Liverpool.
Today’s Distance: 126 mi / 203 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

LIVERPOOL–GRASEMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW. Start the day with a visit to THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Enter the tranquil Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, try original [LF] GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples. Overnight in Glasgow.
Today’s Distance: 238 mi / 382 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 17

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.
Today’s Distance: 251 mi / 404 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 18

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 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 BRODIE CASTLE, the ancestral home of Clan Brodie, once one of Scotland’s most prominent families, and admire the outstanding art collection and magnificent library. 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.
Today’s Distance: 30 mi / 48 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 19

INVERNESS–PITLOCHRY–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. Tonight, an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis might be fun. For departure numbers July 21 through August 11, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 326 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 20

EDINBURGH. Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-yearold “New Town” as well as the “Old Town.” Visit EDINBURGH CASTLE, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect residence for glittering state visits and family vacations, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 21

EDINBURGH–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.
Today’s Distance: 213 mi / 343 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 22

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, 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.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 260 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 23

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON. Today’s highlight is the visit to 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 vacation by taking in a West End show?
Today’s Distance: 98 mi / 159 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 24

LONDON. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TOM BURTCHAELL

Escorting tours for more than 4 years

"I was brought up in a house where history and tourism were in the air and inevitably I caught the bug. My first ever tourism and hospitality job was as a young teen and I've been involved since. I have a passion for meeting people and imparting information on landscapes, history, geography and culture. I strive to create positive memories that will last long after the tour has finished."

Tour Director -  TOM BURTCHAELL

 Accommodations

BELFAST

STORMONT HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
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DUBLIN

NORTH STAR

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Superior First-Class
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EDINBURGH

THE INTERCONTINENTAL EDINBURGH THE GEORGE

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Superior First-Class
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GLASGOW

HALLMARK HOTEL

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First-Class
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INVERNESS

COLUMBA HOTEL

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First-Class
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KILLARNEY

SCOTTS HOTEL

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First-Class
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LIMERICK

CLAYTON HOTEL LIMERICK

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Superior First-Class
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LIVERPOOL

NOVOTEL LIVERPOOL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LONDON

PARK PLAZA WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

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Superior First-Class
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NEWPORT

THE COLDRA COURT BY CELTIC MANOR

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First-Class
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PLYMOUTH

CROWNE PLAZA PLYMOUTH

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Superior First-Class
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SLIGO

RADISSON BLU SLIGO

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Superior First-Class
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STRATFORD - UPON - AVON

CROWNE PLAZA STRATFORD UPON AVON

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Superior First-Class
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WATERFORD

GRANVILLE HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
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YORK

HOLIDAY INN YORK

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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